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Construction materials in the alley behind 1317 Ninth Ave. S.E.
Daily photo by Gary Cosby Jr.
Construction materials in the alley behind 1317 Ninth Ave. S.E.

Hiding in plain sight

Location: 1317 Ninth Ave. S.E.

Description: Pieces of scrap lumber piled more than 2 feet high lie alongside a storage shed in the backyard of this residence. A caller complained the lumber, which he believes is brought onto the property from an alternate location, hinders him from entering his driveway. The caller also said he removes scattered nails from the alley that originate from the lumber.

Owner: Dustin Dickens recently purchased the property. He said he typically discards the building materials himself and didn’t know Sanitation wouldn’t pick up the building materials.

“The pile will be gone in the next 48 hours. ... I didn’t realize that the Sanitation Department wouldn’t pick the wood up,” Dickens said.

Ordinance: Decatur’s solid waste ordinance states that the Sanitation Department will not remove any building supplies. The ordinance requires contractors to dispose of debris privately.

Responsible Officials: David Lee, code enforcement officer with the Community Development Department, said he received a complaint about building materials on the property. When Lee examined the complaint, he determined the situation fell under the city’s Sanitation Department.

Paul Ricks, a supervisor with the Sanitation Department, said he explained to the owner that the city doesn’t remove remodeling supplies, such as old lumber, roofing and concrete.

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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