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SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2007

This yard is near 1509 Magnolia St. S.E.
Daily photo by Gary Lloyd
This yard is near 1509 Magnolia St. S.E.

Hiding in plain sight

Location: 1509 Magnolia St. S.E.

Description: A neighbor says residents destroyed grass in the backyard and parts of their front yard, where they constantly park vehicles. As of March, the neighbor said, the residents owned six vehicles, all of which, the neighbor said, have Cullman County tags, even though they have lived at this address for several years. Also parked in their yard are a motor home that does not have a tag and several pieces of construction equipment. They often put trash from home remodeling in the alley behind their house, the neighbor said.

Property owner: Morgan County revenue commissioner records show Cecil and Donita Parker as the homeowners. They did not return a phone call.

Ordinance: The 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 he would check it out. City Councilman David Bolding, who represents the district, was unavailable for comment.

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, or Decatur city Community Development at 341-4960.



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