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This house is at 27 Old Somerville Road in Priceville.
Daily photo by Ronnie Thomas
This house is at 27 Old Somerville Road in Priceville.

Hiding in plain sight

Location: 27 Old Somerville Road, Priceville.

Description: A Daily reader complained about boxes, toys and other items on and near the front porch.

Property owner: Reba Nell Johnson owns the property, where she said her youngest daughter, Donna McAnnally, and granddaughter live. Johnson said McAnnally, a single mom, "works all the time" and that when she isn't on the job, she's out with her little girl. As for the pile of materials on the porch, Johnson said, "I really don't see where that ought to bother somebody else because she doesn't bother anybody."

Ordinance: Priceville's ordinance, in part, says it is unlawful to accumulate a growth of weeds, bottles, tin cans, brush, trash, rubbish or anything that will, or is likely to, constitute a health hazard or nuisance.

Responsible officials: Mayor Melvin Duran said the town has not had a complaint about the property. "Basically, it looks like they just need to clean the front porch off. If they'd just put one garbage can a week out for pickup, it would be gone in no time." Duran said the town has a large-item pickup every three months. "All people have to do is call us, if they live in the city limits."

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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