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Items from a yard sale on the lawn at 622 Tall Pine Road in Hartselle.
Daily photo by Ronnie Thomas
Items from a yard sale on the lawn at 622 Tall Pine Road in Hartselle.

Hiding in plain sight

Location: 622 Tall Pine Road, Hartselle.

Description: A Daily reader said clothing and other items from a yard sale remain on the front lawn.

Property owner: Jeffery and Retta Sisk own the property, where they have lived 26 years. Jeffery Sisk told a Daily reporter, "I've been expecting you. We've been going through this for over a year. It's one thing after another with these neighbors around here."

An emotional Retta Sisk said she set up a yard sale about a month ago and it became too hot to work it with no shade on the freshly cut front lawn. She said the rest of the yard needs mowing, but using a push mower over 3.5 acres is not easy because of triple-digit heat.

She said the pickup broke down and her husband was trying to get parts to repair it so they could remove the yard-sale items.

"We're trying to do everything we can, but we're only human. I'd like to see someone else do this in this hot sun."

Ordinance: None. The Morgan County Commission has not pursued limited home rule or governance so it cannot regulate property with junk. Governance is in effect in 15 Alabama counties, including Madison and Marshall.

Responsible officials: District 2 Morgan County Commissioner Ken Livingston.

"I know the Sisks," he said. "I live in that community. These are things that people are nitpicking about."

Livingston said it isn't uncommon for the Sisks to have several yard sales a year.

"They might leave it out for two weeks or so, but they normally cover it, clean up and put it out again."

The commissioner said of more concern to him than people's private property is road litter.

"We can't enforce the law we have now about litter on the sides of roads, and why should we worry about thousands of acres in Morgan County we want to try to police?"

Let us know: if you're tired of seeing a dilapidated building, litter, a drainage problem or an eyesore in your neighborhood. In Decatur, 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.

Ronnie Thomas

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