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A fence covered by weeds surrounds the Decatur Police Compound where police vehicles are parked.
Daily photos by Emily Saunders
A fence covered by weeds surrounds the Decatur Police Compound where police vehicles are parked.

Hiding in plain sight

Location: Decatur Police Department compound on Lee Street Northeast.

Description: Weeds creep over a fence that protects idle police vehicles parked directly across from City Hall. The metal sheeting strung through the fence is partially missing, broken or in general disrepair. Trash lines parts of the property outside the fence.

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Property owner: Morgan County revenue office records list Bill Briscoe as the owner. He rents the parking lot and part of the warehouse to the city. Briscoe was unavailable for comment Friday.

Ordinance: The citys weed, junk and litter ordinance prohibits overgrown weeds and grass of more than a foot tall.

Responsible officials: Decatur Mayor Don Kyle said the city isnt under contract to maintain the property.

Ive never seen perfection in a chain-link fence, Kyle said. It may be minimally unsightly, but I have seen a whole lot worse than what Im looking at here.

Kyle said it would take a significant investment to improve the deteriorating metal sheeting.

The lot gets some periodic maintenance, but I dont think it dictates a wholesale change of appearance, Kyle said.

Let us know: If youre 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 citys weed, junk and litter hot line to report potential violations: 341-4963.

Chris Paschenko

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