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According to David Lee, code enforcement officer, a court summons will be issued to the owners of this house at 2901 Leighsdale Ave. S.W.
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According to David Lee, code enforcement officer, a court summons will be issued to the owners of this house at 2901 Leighsdale Ave. S.W.

Hiding in plain sight

Location: 2901 Leighsdale Ave. S.W.

Description: A caller complained of the property’s overgrown yard and unkempt flowerbed, which is littered with weeds.

Owner: The Morgan County revenue commissioner’s office lists the property owners as Wesley and Kimberly Barrett. The Daily tried unsuccessfully to contact Wesley Barrett.

Ordinance: Decatur’s weed, junk and litter ordinance requires property owners to maintain weeds, grass and non-ornamental plant growth so as not to constitute a nuisance.

Responsible officials: City Councilman Ronny Russell, who has not heard of complaints concerning the home, notified the Community Development Department.

Community Development examined the property and found it in violation of the city ordinance, said Code Enforcement Officer David Lee.

This most recent notice follows a grass notice and weed abatement earlier this year, two grass notices in 2006 and a grass notice and weed abatement in 2005.

According to the department’s records, after each violation the owners remedied the problem. Lee expects the city to take further action to alleviate the ongoing violations.

“The code of Decatur provides for a court summons to be issued upon a third violation in a two-year period. This would fall under the third violation, so a court summons will be issued instead of a notice,” Lee said.

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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