Daily photo by Emily Saunders|
This house is at 507 14th St. N.W. A weed abatement was issued for the property after The Daily inquired about it. The abatement notice was sent to the Adair Assets Management office. The responsible party has until June 22 to respond or the city will clean up the property.
Hiding in plain sight
Location: 507 14th St. N.W.
Description: A neighbor called to complain about the house because the front lawn has grown out of control. Shrubs and plants have grown so tall that they obscure most of the front part of the house. The complainant said he thinks the house is abandoned because it has been in this condition for seven years or more.
Property owner: Records from the Morgan County revenue commissioner show the home was once owned by the late City Councilman Russell Priest and his wife, Inez Priest, but the property owner is listed as AAM/US Bank. Adair Assets Management was contacted and said it had a lien against the property, and the previous owners, Russell and Inez Priest, had until May 2008 to redeem the property, or it comes under AAM’s ownership. US Bank was contacted and said it is a trustee to the property but does not own it.
Ordinance: It is against city code for any owner or person in control of real property to allow weeds, grass or non-ornamental plant growth to attain the heights to constitute a public nuisance.
A property kept in this condition allows the breeding ground and shelter for rats, snakes, mosquitoes and other vermin, insects and pests. It also contributes to the threat of fire when allowed to attain certain heights and dryness.
Responsible officials: The home is in Council President Billy Jackson’s District 1. Calls to Jackson were not returned. David Lee, who is in charge of enforcing the city code for the Department of Community Development, said a weed abatement was issued for the property after The Daily inquired about it.
He said the abatement notice was sent to the Adair Assets Management office.
The responsible party has until June 22 to respond or the city will clean up the property. AAM said that the charges for the city cleanup would be added to the lien.
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 email@example.com. You can also contact Community Development’s weed, litter, and junk hot line at 341-4963.
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