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The junk pile at 388 Shoal Creek Road.
Daily photo by Ronnie Thomas
The junk pile at 388 Shoal Creek Road.

Hiding in plain sight

Location: Shoal Creek Road in Morgan County on Hartselle mail route.

Description: Overgrown property strewn with debris between residences at 386 Shoal Creek Road and 388 Shoal Creek Road. A junk pile includes mattresses, couches and chairs. It is at the edge of the front lawn of 388.

Property owner: Doc Posey lives at 386 Shoal Creek Road and he rents the other house at 388. He said he is filling the hollow between the houses and when he has finished, he will level the debris and cover it with dirt.

Ordinance: The Morgan County Commission has not approved self-governance, or limited home rule, which exists in 10 other Alabama counties, including Madison and Marshall. The commissions in those counties have authority to abate nuisances such as litter and rubbish, overgrown weeds and junkyards.

Responsible officials: The property is in Morgan County Commissioner Ken Livingstonís District 2. He was unavailable for comment.

John Rogers, public health environmentalist for the Morgan County Health Department, said bedding should be hauled to a sanitary landfill because it can be a source for disease-carrying organisms such as rodents, mosquitoes and flies. Posey has an old vehicle parked across the road from the debris. Rogers said vehicles should be moved to a junkyard.

Rogers said the county could declare the property an illegal dump except that itís on private property. But he said if others are dumping, that makes it an illegal dump and the county would take action. Rogers said he will inspect the property and take photos. He and his superiors will determine what action to take.

Let us know: If youíre tired of seeing a dilapidated building, litter, a drainage problem or an eyesore in your neighborhood, contact the Environmental Health Division of the Morgan County Health Department at 353-7021 or The Daily newsroom at 340-2433 or news@decatur

Ronnie Thomas

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