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Household furniture is on the porch at 710 Geddis St. N.W. The yard is also in poor condition.
Daily photo by John Godbey
Household furniture is on the porch at 710 Geddis St. N.W. The yard is also in poor condition.

Hiding in plain sight

Location: 710 Geddis St. N.W.

Description: A caller complained the home is an eyesore. Overall condition of it and the yard is poor. Household furniture is on the porch and in the front yard.

Property owner: Morgan County revenue records show the property owner, Joe Joseph, died recently. He owned numerous properties that are tied up in the estate.

His son, Toby Joseph, is an administrator of the will. He said nothing can be done to the house until the estate is settled.

Joseph said the renters are not paying rent. After the estate is settled, he said, renters will be evicted and Community Development will condemn the house. Joseph said he and his family will pay to have it removed. “I don’t want to throw anybody out on the street, but we’re trying to get this settled and work with the city,” he said.

Ordinance: It is against city code for a property owner to keep upon the premises discarded household furnishings unless housed in an approved, enclosed, covered structure not viewed from the public right of way. Houses must be maintained.

Responsible officials: The home is in City Council President Billy Jackson’s District 1. He says he will not comment on eyesores in his district.

David Lee, code enforcement officer for Community Development, said the home doesn’t have a current complaint, but one of his inspectors is in the process of inspecting it.

“No one complained about this house, but we’re trying to be proactive about homes in this kind of condition,” Lee said.

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 hot line at 341-4963. You can also contact The Daily newsroom at 340-2433 or news@decaturdaily.com.

- Tiffeny Hurtado

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