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SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2007

A reader called The Daily to complain about high grass and trash at 902 Ninth Ave. S.E.
Daily photo by Gary Cosby Jr.
A reader called The Daily to complain about high grass and trash at 902 Ninth Ave. S.E.

Hiding in plain sight

Location: 902 Ninth Ave. S.E.

Description: Grass about 3 feet tall adorned the property Friday. A sport utility vehicle without a license plate was parked in a rear carport. Trash, including insulation and carpet, was strewn on the rear of the property in plain view of Decatur High School. A teacher said a man in his 40s lives at the address and has a son. A notice of unknown origin was on the front door, indicating that the property was vacant and that someone would notify the mortgage holder. The notice, which was posted Tuesday, gave a three-day window to notify the mortgage holder that the property was not vacant.

Property owner: Morgan County revenue commissioner records show Robert James Reynolds as the homeowner at the above address. A car battery propped the front screen door open, and next to it sat a letter addressed to Mark Bundy Jr. at 902 Ninth Ave. S.E. A knock on the door Friday went unanswered, and there is no local phone listing for either man.

Ordinance: Decaturís weed, junk and litter ordinance prohibits grass more than 12 inches tall. The same ordinance requires the housing of inoperable vehicles, which includes those without license plates, within an approved, enclosed, covered structure so as not to be viewable from a public right of way.

Responsible officials: David Lee, code enforcement officer with the city, said the Community Development Department made a sweep through the area and was preparing a notice to the property owner as early as Friday. City Councilman David Bolding, who represents the district, was unavailable for comment Friday.

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

Chris Paschenko

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