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Poole Valley Road at Austinville-Flint Road in Southwest Decatur has become an illegal dump site.
Daily photo by John Godbey
Poole Valley Road at Austinville-Flint Road in Southwest Decatur has become an illegal dump site.

Hiding in plain sight

Location: Corner of Poole Valley and Austinville-Flint roads Southwest.

Description: Regular site for illegal dumping including Monday, when a combination of carpet, paint cans and lumber were left there.

Phyllis Smith, a neighbor, said it’s been a dumping site since she moved nearby in 1988. She said she’s asked for a no-dumping sign to be placed there and wonders if it will happen.

Property owner: City of Decatur right of way.

Ordinance: “No person shall throw, place or dispose of any trash, litter, garbage, rubbish, refuse or like matter upon the property or premises of another person which is in the possession of another person.”

Responsible officials: Decatur Public Works Coordinator Julia Chenault said there are quite a few illegal dumping sites in the city, but she couldn’t remember specifically how often the Poole Valley Road dump needs pickup. She said she would discuss with one of her supervisors whether a “no-dumping” sign should go there. She added that she recently made a no-dumping sign request for the Austin High baseball field parking lot.

District 3 Councilman Gary Hammon said he’s never received a complaint about an illegal dump in his district.

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.

- Paul Huggins

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