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Above, standing water in a drainage ditch along Point Mallard Drive behind homes on Blackhall Lane Southeast.
Daily photo by Gary Lloyd
Above, standing water in a drainage ditch along Point Mallard Drive behind homes on Blackhall Lane Southeast.

Hiding in plain sight

Location: Drainage ditch between Point Mallard Drive and Blackhall Lane Southeast.

Description: After three years of complaints to city officials, a resident of Point Mallard Estates hopes someone will solve the problem of standing water in the channel behind homes. The ditch collects rainwater and water from neighborhood lawns, which stagnate as a result of the 6-inch height difference between the culvert and the channel.

The resident said his main concern is the health issue resulting from the channel's transformation into a breeding ground for mosquitoes and snakes.

Ordinance: Decatur's weed, junk and litter ordinance requires property owners to maintain grass and weeds so there is no public nuisance. The same ordinance also prohibits the accumulation of standing water.

Owner: The city of Decatur owns the property.

Responsible officials: City Councilman Gary Hammon said maintenance of the channel lies under the city's Engineering Department.

Engineering and Public Works Director Mark Petersohn said plans to replace the concrete channel are under way. With the survey work completed and a work order placed, Petersohn hopes to complete the project, which will result in positive drainage in September.

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 news@decaturdaily.com.

Catherine Godbey

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