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Plastic sheeting is draped around an aluminum carport to protect household furnishings at the former Price's Self Service store at 306 Austinville Flint Road S.W.
Daily photo by Chris Paschenko
Plastic sheeting is draped around an aluminum carport to protect household furnishings at the former Price’s Self Service store at 306 Austinville Flint Road S.W.

Hiding in plain sight

Location: 306 Austinville-Flint Road S.W.

Description: Plastic sheeting draped around an aluminum carport dances in the wind, protecting household furnishings from the elements at the former Price's Self Service store in Decatur. Bonita Smith lives nearby and said someone removes the items from the shed each weekend and holds a yard sale in front of the store. Smith said the items are an eyesore.

Property owner: Morgan County revenue commissioner records list Bernice Price as the owner. Her son, Carl Price, said they plan to move the items this week into a storage shed. He said they have had only one yard sale this year, and that the city gave them a permit for it.

Ordinance: Decatur's weed, junk and litter ordinance requires discarded household furnishings, scrap or junk to be housed in an approved, enclosed, covered structure, so as not to be viewable from a public right of way. A city ordinance prohibits more than two yard sales per year at any residential lot; however, Price's lot is commercially zoned.

Responsible officials: David Lee, code-enforcement officer with the city's Community Development Department, said the owners removed the items at the city's request last year. He said the city would investigate the matter. Ronne Harvell, Decatur's revenue supervisor, said the last business license for the store expired in 2005.

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. Call the city's weed, junk and litter hot line to report possible violations: 341-4963.

- Chris Paschenko

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