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A resident called The Daily to complain about commercial vehicles and older cars at 215 Robinson St. S.W.
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A resident called The Daily to complain about commercial vehicles and older cars at 215 Robinson St. S.W.

Hiding in plain sight

Location: 215 Robinson St. S.W.

Description: The Daily received a complaint that the homeowner keeps two big tow trucks in the yard with some old cars. Utility trailers adorn the front yard, and a car on jack stands is parked in the driveway. One commercial-service vehicle was parked in the driveway, and a tow truck was on the street.

Property owner: Tim Searcy, owner of Tim's Towing, said he is repairing the transmission on his daughter's vehicle and that it will be off the jack stands soon. He doesn't see anything wrong with working on his own cars or parking them on his property, especially when they aren't rusting or junked and have inflated tires. He said folks should mind their own business, because he's not towing other people's cars to his home and repairing or storing them there.

Ordinance: An ordinance requires inoperable vehicles on residential property to be housed in an approved, enclosed structure so as not to be viewable from a public right of way. Another ordinance allows one commercial vehicle less than 7 feet tall or 22 feet long to be parked on a residential street, but the ordinance makes no provision for off-street parking.

Responsible officials: David Lee, a code-enforcement officer with the city, said someone would investigate the matter as early as Thursday. If a violation exists, the homeowner will have 14 days to rectify the problem. City Councilman Ronny Russell said he has not had a complaint on the home but notified the Community Development Department after The Daily contacted him.

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@decatur daily.com.

- Paschenko

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