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SUNDAY, JULY 29, 2007

Cluttered porch and old bicycle parts in the yard at 603 Church St. N.W.
Daily photo by Gary Lloyd
Cluttered porch and old bicycle parts in the yard at 603 Church St. N.W.

Hiding in plain sight

Location: 603 Church St. N.W.

Description: Plastic chairs, boxes and inoperable bicycles are strewn across the yard and the front porch. Along with the discarded materials, overgrown grass covers the lawn.

Property owner: Morgan County revenue records show the property owner as Kathleen Bailey, care of Habitat for Humanity. Neither Bailey nor Habitat for Humanity officials could be reached.

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. The ordinance also outlaws the growth of grass, weeds and non-ornamental plants over 12 inches.

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

David Lee, a code enforcement officer for Community Development, said his department is aware of the situation.

“We’ve been out there to see it and found the property in violation of the city’s weed, junk and litter ordinance,” Lee said. “A notice has been issued to the property owner.”

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

Catherine Godbey

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