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Trash, including hundreds of cigarette butts, fast food wrappers, sacks and other debris accumulates at Sixth Avenue and 11th Street.
Daily photo by John Godbey
Trash, including hundreds of cigarette butts, fast food wrappers, sacks and other debris accumulates at Sixth Avenue and 11th Street.

Hiding in plain sight

Location: 1502 Sixth Avenue Southeast

Description: The side of Decatur Shopping Center is at Sixth Avenue and 11th Street. On the side that fronts Sixth Avenue there is litter, trash and debris in the corner of a loading dock and captured by blooming crepe myrtles at Sixth Avenue and Eleventh Street. The problem has been ongoing for weeks.

Property owner: Morgan County Revenue Commission records say that Decatur Shopping Center Incorporated owns the property. The side of Southern Style Furniture fronts Sixth Avenue. The store is leased from Sherry Dalgleish in Cullman. An employee said that she is out of the office for the next two weeks, but she would respond to the complaint as soon as possible.

Ordinance: City code says that it is the property owner's responsibility to keep litter and garbage properly stored to prevent it from being blown, deposited or scattered by the elements, animals, birds or any other means.

Responsible officials: The store is in David Bolding's District 2. Bolding said he knew the property, and it sounded from a description like an eyesore for the city. He did not recall seeing the litter. "Surely once it is brought to the property owner's attention, it should be taken care of," he said. He also complemented a reporter for being observant.

Linda Eubanks from the city's Beautification Department says that the city does not own the strip of property beside Sixth Avenue and did not set out the crepe myrtles that were planted as a beautification effort at one time. She said there have been complaints about the area in the past.

The Daily left a message inquiring about the property with David Lee of the city's Community Development Department. He is in charge of code enforcement. Lee called before leaving his office Thursday to say the property has been inspected and the owner cited for overgrown weeds and accumulation of litter and trash. He said the citation has not been mailed but it will be sent to the Cullman address.

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 Community Development's weed, junk and litter hotline at 341-4963.

- Tiffeny Hurtado

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