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An area resident has complained about the piles of junk on the front and sides of the yard at 3986 Lawrence County 316 in the Trinity area.
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An area resident has complained about the piles of junk on the front and sides of the yard at 3986 Lawrence County 316 in the Trinity area.

Hiding in plain sight

Location: 3986 Lawrence County 316. The house is in the Trinity area.

Description: An area resident complained about piles of junk in front of the house. Old furniture and other household items litter both sides of the yard.
The caller said the property he owns has been devalued because of the condition of this house in the neighborhood.

Owner: Lawrence County revenue records show Jimmie Turner owns the property. Turner owns seven properties in Lawrence County in the Trinity and Moulton areas. He owns one property in Morgan County. Turner could not be reached for comment.

Ordinance: Lawrence County does not have an ordinance regulating junk or trash in unincorporated areas.

County Administrator Linda Harville said there is a state enabling act that deals with junk and garbage. She said Lawrence County voters have not adopted it.

Responsible officials: The property is not in violation of any county regulations.

Carrie Warren, supervisor for the environmental division of the Lawrence County Health Department, said the department issues certified letters in these types of situations. The letters ask homeowners to clean up junk and trash.

"The notices are difficult to enforce," Warren said. "There is no ordinance to back up the letters."

Let us know if you're tired of seeing a dilapidated building, litter, a drainage problem or an eyesore in your neighborhood. In Decatur, 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.

- Emily Peck

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