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A neighbor complained about chairs in the front yard at 1913 10th Ave. S.E. 'The items rarely stay in my yard very long,' Jerry Terry said. 'If I pay my taxes, then I should be able to do what I want with my property.'
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A neighbor complained about chairs in the front yard at 1913 10th Ave. S.E. "The items rarely stay in my yard very long," Jerry Terry said. "If I pay my taxes, then I should be able to do what I want with my property."

Hiding in plain sight

Location: 1913 10th Ave. S.E.

Description: Chairs, tables and various items clutter the yard. A caller said the owner collects junk and stores it outside.

Owners: Jerry and Keba Terry. Jerry Terry said he collects items with scrap metal in them, removes it and sells it. “The items rarely stay in my yard very long,” Jerry Terry said. “If I pay my taxes, then I should be able to do what I want with my property. There are lot of yards in this city that are in a lot worse shape than mine.”

Keba Terry said, “It’s nobody’s business what’s in our yard. The neighbors should keep their noses out of everybody’s business.”

Ordinance: Decatur’s weed, junk and litter ordinance does not allow residents to discard household furnishings in yards. Furniture, appliances, carpeting or similar items, intended for indoor residential use, cannot be placed outside. Neither can junk.

Responsible officials: Allen Stover, spokesman for the Community Development Department, said the department has not received complaints on this property.

Let us know if you’re tired of seeing dilapidated buildings, litter, drainage problems or other eyesores 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 at news@decaturdaily.com.

- Bayne Hughes

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