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Barbecue grills, lawn mowers, wagons, a pickup truck and plastic chairs clutter up the back yard at 732 Sykes St. N.W.
Daily photo by Gary Lloyd
Barbecue grills, lawn mowers, wagons, a pickup truck and plastic chairs clutter up the back yard at 732 Sykes St. N.W.

Hiding in plain sight

Location: 732 Sykes St. N.W.

Description: Boxes piled up on the front porch and a cluttered back yard motivated neighbors to complain about the property. Contributing to the disarray in the back yard are barbecue grills, lawn mowers, wagons, a pickup truck and plastic chairs.

Property owner: According to David Lee, a code enforcement officer with Community Development, Sam Lane owns the property. Attempts to contact Lane were unsuccessful.

Ordinance: Decatur's weed, junk and litter ordinance requires property owners to store household furnishings, scrap and junk in an approved, enclosed and covered structure so as not to be viewable from any street, alley, public right of way or private premises.

Responsible officials: The property is in Council President Billy Jackson's District 1. Jackson said he wouldn't comment to The Daily about eyesore complaints in his district.

Lee said his department has cited the property owner twice in the past two years. After finding the property in violation of the city's weed, junk and litter ordinance for the third time in less than two years, the department called in police officers to issue a court summons. The officers issued the summons Wednesday.

"The property owner is being prosecuted criminally and will have to appear in court," Lee said. "It is in the homeowner's best interest to bring the property up to code before the court date."

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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