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A pile of wood scraps in the alley behind 2003 Seventh Ave. S.E.
Daily photo by Gary Lloyd
A pile of wood scraps in the alley behind 2003 Seventh Ave. S.E.

Hiding in plain sight

Location: 2003 Seventh St. S.E.

Description: Lumber materials, wood scraps and insulation are discarded in the back of the property alongside the alley.

Ordinance: Decatur’s solid waste ordinance requires property owners to discard debris from building repairs privately. The ordinance identifies scrap lumber in the debris list.

Owner: The Morgan County revenue commissioner’s records list Johnny Martinez as the property owner. Martinez was unavailable for comment.

Responsible officials: David Lee, code enforcement officer for Community Development, said the city issued two notices to this property for unconfined junk in the yard and a deteriorating accessory structure.

An officer issued the notices based on the city’s weed, junk and litter ordinance, which requires property owners to store junk in an enclosed structure. The same ordinance also directs property owners to maintain structures so they do not constitute a nuisance.

Lee speculated that the discarded materials are the remains of the cited structure. The notice states that removing the lumber is the property owner’s responsibility, but Lee guessed that the owner possibly overlooked that information.

Public Works Coordinator Julia Chenault stressed that the Sanitation Department does not pick up building remnants and removal of the materials rests with the property owner.

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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