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The city of Decatur is responsible for this side of the bridge on Old Moulton Road adjacent to Country Cottages.
Daily photo by John Godbey
The city of Decatur is responsible for this side of the bridge on Old Moulton Road adjacent to Country Cottages.

Hiding in plain sight

Location: 2520 Old Moulton Road

Description: A resident called to complain about an overgrown ditch in front of his house and Country Cottages. Weeds and litter clog the ditch, and the bridge over it seems to be deteriorating.

Property owner: According to the Morgan County revenue commissioner's property records, the ditch and bridge is within the city limits and owned by the city.

However, according to the City Council's district map, one side of the ditch is in Morgan County's jurisdiction and the other is within the city.

Ordinance: A city ordinance requires that the property owner or those in charge of the property maintain plant growth so that it is not a public nuisance or hazardous plant nuisance. Overgrown weeds and plants are considered hazardous to the public by providing breeding grounds and shelter for rats, mice, snakes mosquitoes, and other vermin, insects and pests. Also plant growth must be maintained so it does not attain certain heights and dryness associated with a serious fire hazard.

Responsible officials: The property where the ditch is located is close to the city limits, and this area is in Ray Metzger's District 5.

Metzger said one side of the ditch is within the city and the other side is in Morgan County's District 1, which is Commissioner Jeff Clark's district.

Clark says he thinks the city of Decatur is responsible for the ditch and bridge.

Metzger said he would look at the ditch and then decide the next course of action.

Clark said he would look at the property, too.

It is the Public Works Department's responsibility to maintain the streets and ditches within city limits. Calls to the Public Works Street Department were not returned.

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. You can also contact the Community Development Department's weed, junk, and litter hotline at 341-4963.

- Tiffeny Hurtado

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