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Wood piled up at Riverwalk Marina.

Hiding in plain sight

Location: Riverwalk Marina on U.S. 31 North.

Description: Wood and trash piled up on the bank of the Tennessee River and high weeds. The Daily received a complaint saying Decatur officials should pay attention to high visibility areas, especially if the city wants to continue hosting fishing tournaments. This is an embarrassment to our city, citizens and state, the complaint said.

Property owner: City of Decatur leases the property to Steve Conner, who operates Extreme Marine. Conner said the older debris is wood he retrieves as it drifts down the river. “We do it to prevent owners from damaging their boats,” he said. The newer wood is Jet Ski crates. “We’re in the middle of our busy season and haven’t had time to remove them,” Conner said. “I need to do that and I will. It’s bothering me, too.”

Ordinance: It shall be unlawful and a violation of this section for the owner or owners, or any person in control of, or in charge of any residential or commercial property, within the city, to store or keep upon the premises of any residential or commercial property, any inoperable vehicle, discarded household furnishings, scrap, or junk, as defined herein, unless the same is housed in an approved, enclosed, covered structure so as not to be viewable from any street, alley, or other public right of way, or any other private premises, and in such a manner as to prevent a health, safety, or fire hazard.

Responsible officials: David Lee, a code-enforcement officer with the city’s Community Development Department.

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 or litter hot line to report potential violations: 341-4963.

DEANGELO MCDANIEL

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