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A drainage ditch along Rural Grove Road Southeast along a privacy fence at the back of the subdivision and near Indian Hills Road.
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A drainage ditch along Rural Grove Road Southeast along a privacy fence at the back of the subdivision and near Indian Hills Road.

Hiding in plain sight

Location: Indian Hills East subdivision.

Description: Water and vegetation clog a drainage ditch running alongside Rural Grove Road Southeast. The shoulder of the road has been trimmed, but weeds and brush grow on the other side of the ditch, along a privacy fence at the back of the subdivision and along nearby Indian Hills Road. A resident says the drainage area surrounds the subdivision. Besides being an eyesore, he believes there could be a drainage problem.

Property owner: District 3 Councilman Gary Hammon said the city owns both sides of Rural Grove Road. He said after turning onto Aldridge Bend Southeast, the left side is in the city, the right side in the county. He said he would look into the problem.

Ordinance: Decaturís weed, junk and litter ordinance prohibits any growth of weeds, other than ornamental plant growth, which exceeds 12 inches in height.

Responsible officials: David Lee, a code-enforcement officer with the cityís Community Development Department, said his department will investigate and determine who the responsible party is, whether private landowner or the city, and will refer the problem to the appropriate department. He said responsibility could lie with one of several different departments.

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 news@decaturdai ly.com. Or call the cityís weed, junk or litter hotline to report potential violations: 341-4963.

- Ronnie Thomas

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