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.
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 city’s 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 isn’t under contract to maintain the property.
“I’ve 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 I’m 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 don’t think it dictates a wholesale change of appearance,” Kyle said.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Call the city’s weed, junk and litter hot line to report potential violations: 341-4963.
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