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These overgrown weeds are near the corner of 11th Street and Eight Avenue Southeast.
Daily photo by Gary Lloyd
These overgrown weeds are near the corner of 11th Street and Eight Avenue Southeast.

Hiding in plain sight

Location: 11th Street and Eighth Avenue Southeast.

Description: Camouflaging a fire hydrant and crawling up the light poles, overgrown weeds and grass adorn the strip of land on 11th Street from Seventh Avenue to Eighth Avenue. Adjacent to this public property, a red sign alerts the owner of 1419 Eighth Ave. that the overgrown weeds, grass and non-ornamental plant growth on the private property violate the city's weed, junk and litter ordinance.

A Daily caller pointed out the ironic placement of the sign. The caller noted that the grass and weeds on the city's right of way loom over the plant growth on the cited property.

Property owner: The city of Decatur owns this property.

Ordinance: Decatur's weed, junk and litter ordinance requires property owners to maintain grass so as not to constitute a public nuisance. The same ordinance also prohibits grass more than 12 inches tall.

Responsible officials: Responsibility for maintaining the city's plant growth lies with Decatur's Parks and Recreation Maintenance Department. City Councilman David Bolding, who represents the district, said he notified the Maintenance Department of the overgrown property.

"We checked out the area today and will mow it this afternoon," Maintenance Director Paul Floyd said Wednesday.

The department can provide upkeep to all of the city's property in two weeks. However, when heavy rains occur maintenance takes more time, Floyd 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.

- Catherine Godbey

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