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The view at 1616 Beech St. S.E.: Used plywood stacked on a mattress and construction materials in the backyard, and discarded items including a couch, television and used construction material in the alley.
Daily photo by Deangelo McDaniel
The view at 1616 Beech St. S.E.: Used plywood stacked on a mattress and construction materials in the backyard, and discarded items including a couch, television and used construction material in the alley.

Hiding in plain sight

Location: 1616 Beech St. S.E.

Description: A Daily caller complained about trash in the yard, including used tires to the side of the residence and discarded items such as a couch, television and used construction material in the alley behind the home. The backyard has used plywood stacked on a mattress.

Property owner: According to the Morgan County revenue commissioner's office, Homer D. Earp owns the property. There is no telephone listing under this name and no one was at home when The Daily visited.

Ordinance: City ordinance requires the homeowner to maintain the property so as to not constitute a public nuisance. Decatur requires the housing of discarded household furnishings, scrap or junk within an approved, enclosed, covered structure so as not to be viewable from a public right of way.

Responsible officials: The house is in Councilman David Bolding's District 2. Bolding said last week that when a resident calls him with a complaint, he refers it to the Department of Community Development, where David Lee is the code enforcement officer. Lee said his department would investigate the property. The home has been given notices in the past for breaking city code, in 2004 and again in January 2006, for junk, inoperable vehicles and scrap. He said debris and other items left in the ditch beside the alley would probably fall under the Public Works jurisdiction.

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@decatur
daily.com. You can also contact the Community Development's weed, junk and litter hot line at 341-4963
.

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