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These junk cars are in the backyard of a house on the corner of Eighth Street and 19th Avenue. The lack of a current license is visible from the alley, which city officials say is necessary for them to take action.
Daily photo by Gary Lloyd
These junk cars are in the backyard of a house on the corner of Eighth Street and 19th Avenue. The lack of a current license is visible from the alley, which city officials say is necessary for them to take action.

Hiding in plain sight

Location: 1901 Eighth Ave. S.E.

Description: In the backyard sit two old cars, one without a license plate and another with an antique tag. An old camper joins them. The house sits at a traffic light that is one of the two major thoroughfares to festivities at Point Mallard Park.

Property owner: Mary Hembree said her family plans to restore the cars, and that she will purchase a tag soon. She said the camper doesn't have a tag. She said the city sent her a letter Saturday requiring her to move the vehicles. She said the city told her that if she purchases covers for the cars, she would no longer be in violation. She doesn't think the city should make her remove her inoperable cars from plain view.

Ordinance: A vehicle with no tag is inoperable and must be housed in an approved, enclosed, covered structure so it will not be viewable from any street, alley or other public right of way.

Responsible officials: City Councilman David Bolding, who represents the district, was unavailable Wednesday for comment. David Lee, a code-enforcement officer with the city, said the Community Development Department does have an active notice on the property, which would require abatement.

Let us know: if you're tired of seeing a dilapidated building, litter, a drainage problem or an eyesore in your neighborhood. Contact The Daily newsroom at 340-2433 or news@decaturdaily.com.

- Chris Paschenko

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