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Knee-high grass in a 20-foot strip along the sidewalk off Lee Street. It is adjacent to the manicured jail lawn and entrance.
Daily photo by Gary Lloyd
Knee-high grass in a 20-foot strip along the sidewalk off Lee Street. It is adjacent to the manicured jail lawn and entrance.

Hiding in plain sight

Location: Morgan County Jail at Lee Street Northeast.

Description: Knee-high grass in a 20-foot strip along the sidewalk off Lee Street. It is adjacent to the manicured jail lawn and entrance.

Owner: Morgan County Commission.

Ordinance: Decatur’s weed, junk and litter ordinance requires property owners to keep grass no more than 12 inches tall and maintain any weeds, grass or non-ornamental plant growth in such a manner as not to constitute a nuisance.

Responsible officials: The property is in Morgan County Commissioner Jeff Clark’s District 1. Clark said his crew leveled the property but did not finish because of an equipment problem at another site.

Sheriff Greg Bartlett has a crew of inmates maintaining the property around the jail. He said the County Commission has not handed over the property to him, so it’s not his responsibility. “If they hand it over to us, we’ll maintain it, but they need to do a lot more work to level the ground before we can,” Bartlett said.

Clark said his crew would complete leveling the property next week.

David Lee, enforcement officer for the Decatur Department of Community Development, said his department has received no complaints about the property and has not cited it.

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.

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