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The ditch between Stuart and Cantwell streets Southwest is overgrown with grass and bushes.
Daily photo by Bayne Hughes
The ditch between Stuart and Cantwell streets Southwest is overgrown with grass and bushes.

Hiding in plain sight

Location: Drainage ditch between Stuart and Cantwell streets Southwest.

Description: High grass and overgrown bushes overrun this block-long ditch.

Owner: The city of Decatur owns the right of way to this drainage ditch.

Ordinance: Decatur’s weed, junk and litter ordinance requires property owners to keep grass no more than 12-inches tall and maintain any weeds, grass or non-ornamental plant growth growing upon said property in such a manner as not to constitute a nuisance.

Responsible officials: The property is in City Councilman Ronny Russell’s District 4. Russell said, “It should be turned into the city’s Parks and Recreation Department as soon as possible so that it can be mowed as quickly as possible.” Parks and Recreation is responsible for maintaining and mowing the city’s ditches, but Paul Floyd, Parks and Recreation maintenance director, said this has to be ditch mowed by a hand crew so it was passed on to the Landscape and Beautification Department. Linda Eubanks, coordinator of Landscape and Beautification said, “We are working our way around the city. Hopefully, we can get to this soon.”

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

Bayne Hughes

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