Daily photo by Gary Lloyd|
Cans and bottles hide in the tall grass and weeds in front of the house at 4604 Norris Mill Road S.W., and trash overflows from the garbage cans in the driveway.
Hiding in plain sight
Location: 4604 Norris Mill Road S.W.
Description: Weeds and grass, more than a foot high, sway with the wind as a breeze streams across the property. Hidden amid the overgrown weeds are empty aluminum cans and glass bottles.
Property Owner: Morgan County revenue records name Scott Parker as the owner. Parker said he is selling the property.
Ordinance: Decatur’s weed, junk and litter ordinance requires property owners to cut weeds and grass in order to maintain safe conditions. The same ordinance also states that owners must keep their property litter- and garbage-free.
Responsible officials: Decatur City Councilman Gary Hammon, who represents District 3, said he wasn’t aware of the situation and hasn’t heard any complaints about the property.
David Lee, code enforcement officer with the city, said the Community Development Department does not have a current complaint on the property. Last summer the department issued a notice at this property for unconfined litter and garbage. After Parker brought the property into city compliance, the notice was closed. With Parker residing at another address, Lee said, this case may be handled under the state weed abatement ordinance.
“If we handle this under the city’s weed, junk and litter ordinance, we would send the notice to the owner’s address of record,” Lee said. “With the state weed abatement, a notice is sent and a sign is posted on the property.”
Handling the case under the city ordinance or state ordinance depends on the level of unsafe conditions on the property. Lee said the department will decide how to handle the case after officers investigate.
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
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