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House at 603 W. Moulton St. with U.S. flag touching the ground and junk on the front porch.
Daily photo by Emily Saunders
House at 603 W. Moulton St. with U.S. flag touching the ground and junk on the front porch.

Hiding in plain sight

Location: 603 W. Moulton St.

Description: A neighbor complained about the front porch being covered in junk and a camper with no tag parked in the front yard. Also, an old American flag is hanging from the porch near the dirt.

Property owner: Morgan County revenue commissioner records show Lawrence and Joanne Miller as the homeowners at the above address, but they are renting the property to another party. Lawrence Miller said he was not aware of the condition of the property, but he would try to take care of the problems.

Ordinance: The ordinance requires the housing of inoperable vehicles, which include those without license plates, discarded household furnishings, scrap, or junk within an approved, enclosed, covered structure so as not to be viewable from a public right of way.

Responsible officials: The property is in City Councilman Billy Jackson’s District 1. He said the property in its condition is not appealing, especially since it is on a main thoroughfare in the city, and he wished the owners would try to clean up the property. However, he said, the property does not violate any city ordinance, and he feels the same way about this property as he would a house in similar condition in a more secluded area of the city. Jackson said he would no longer comment on any other “Hiding in Plain Sight” properties that were reported to The Daily and that the city is working as “hard and as fast” as it can to handle the overflow of incoming complaints.

David Lee, code enforcement officer with the city, said he received a complaint regarding the property recently. A citation was issued earlier in March, and it has since been cleared. Lee said he will inspect the new complaint.

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@decatur daily.com. The Community Development Department also has a Weed, Junk, and Litter Hotline that you can call to report a property at 341-4963.

Tiffeny Hurtado

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