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The condition of this house at 803 Cashin St. N.W. has drawn complaints from a resident of the neighborhood.
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The condition of this house at 803 Cashin St. N.W. has drawn complaints from a resident of the neighborhood.

Hiding in plain sight

Location: 803 Cashin St. N.W.

Description: This home is behind Leon Sheffield Elementary School. The shingles and siding are falling off. A shed in the back is in the same condition.

Property owner: Morgan County revenue records show that Evelyn Denetta Caldwell owns the home. The Daily was unable to contact her.

Ordinance: It is against city code for a property owner to maintain a real estate property in a manner to constitute a public nuisance.

Responsible officials: The home is in Council President Billy Jackson's District 1. Jackson declines to discuss nuisances in his district.

David Lee, code enforcement officer for the city's Community Development, said that the city is actively pursuing a weed abatement. Community Development has attempted to contact the homeowner through mail, and the time to clean vegetation has not expired, so no follow-up inspection has been made. Someone has mowed the front.

Lee said a citizen complaint about overgrown weeds resulted in the weed abatement. He said no notice was issued for the overall condition of the house because no one complained about it.

Let us know if you're tired of seeing a dilapidated building, litter, a drainage problem or an eyesore in your neighborhood. Contact Community Development's Weed, Junk and Litter Hotline at 341-4963. You can also contact The Daily newsroom at 340-2433 or news@decaturdaily.com.

- Tiffeny Hurtado

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