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Bob Hall says two stagnant ponds on city property behind his house on 14th Avenue Southwest are breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
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Bob Hall says two stagnant ponds on city property behind his house on 14th Avenue Southwest are breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Hiding in plain sight

Location: Vacant lot between 14th Avenue Southwest, Freemont Drive and Puckett Avenue.

Description: Two retention ponds do not drain completely so water stagnates and becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Bob Hall, a 14th Avenue resident, said in the summer the biting bugs get so bad he canít work in his backyard workshop.

What upsets him more is that itís an easy problem to correct. A backhoe could cut a narrow trench that leads to a concrete ditch about 20 yards away, he said. He added that the city tried to fix it a few years ago but didnít cut the trench deep enough.

Property owner: City of Decatur.

Ordinance: Sec. 16-14. (j) It shall be the duty of the owner or owners, or any person in control of or in charge of any real property located within the city to not allow any concentration of stagnant water to accumulate on any real property situated within the city. This section shall include but not be limited to poor surface drainage, non-engineered ponds (whether man-made or natural) . . ., which could provide habitat or breeding areas for insects, or attract insects, vermin, or pests.

Responsible officials: District 4 Councilman Ronny Russell, who said heís never received a complaint about the stagnant ponds; Decatur Public Works, which said the city Engineering Department would first have to approve any modifications; and the Engineering Department, which said as long as the U.S. Corps of Engineers doesnít have any objections, it could try something to drain the water fully.

Let us know: if youíre 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.

- Paul Huggins

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