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FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2007

Hiding in plain sight

Location: 720 Alma St. N.W.

Description: The front porch is overgrown with weeds and other plants. The porch overhang is falling apart.

Property owner: Morgan County revenue records show Joyce Parker Burrell of Decatur owns the home. Her phone was disconnected, and she could not be reached for comment.

Ordinance: Property owners are required by city code to maintain any weeds, grass or non-ornamental plant growth on the premises so as to not constitute a weed nuisance.

Responsible officials: The home is in Councilman President Billy Jackson’s District 1. Jackson has said he will not respond to eyesore complaints in his district.

David Lee, code enforcement officer with Community Development Department, said the home has been declared unsafe and is condemned. Lee said a notice has been sent to Burrell notifying her of the condition of the house.

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

Tiffeny Hurtado

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