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Several Hartselle residents have complained about the debris at 1723 E. Main St., which is outside the city limits. Property owner Jim Slate said he is working to clean up the sight.
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Several Hartselle residents have complained about the debris at 1723 E. Main St., which is outside the city limits. Property owner Jim Slate said he is working to clean up the sight.

Hiding in plain sight

Location: 1723 E. Main St., outside Hartselle city limits.

Description: Several Hartselle residents complained about excessive debris because the property is in an area the City Council is promoting for commercial development.

Property owner: Jim and Kathie Slate. Jim Slate said the majority of the debris came from his store in Hartselle, which burned about six months ago. He said he understands the value of his land as commercial property and is working to clean up the site. “This has been an ongoing process,” he said. “We lost our business and are working to recover from that. I’m going to clean this up.”

Ordinance: Morgan County does not have an ordinance regulating junk and trash in unincorporated areas.

Responsible officials: Morgan County Commission. The commissioners are split on adopting rules to govern unincorporated property. Chairman John Glasscock, who would have to break the tie, said adopting an ordinance to abate nuisances would be costly and difficult to enforce.

Let us know: If you’re tired of seeing a dilapidated building, litter, a drainage problem or an eyesore in your neighborhood, contact The Daily newsroom at 340-2433 or news@decaturdaily.com.

Deangelo McDaniel

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