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The view at 2015 Magnolia St. S.E.
Daily photo by John Godbey
The view at 2015 Magnolia St. S.E.

Hiding in plain sight

Location: 2016 Magnolia St. S.E.

Description: Empty cardboard boxes, unconfined trash and a clothes hamper were strewn along the alley. A caller complained that the owners of a catering company discard the boxes that once contained food in the alley. The caller also said the smell emitting from the boxes attracts dogs.

Owner: Morgan County revenue records list Noel Mayfield as the property owner. Mayfield rents out the house on the property, but uses an outbuilding there to store his catering equipment. He said he doesn't operate the catering business from the storage building.

Wednesday morning, after The Daily inquired about the property, someone put the litter in proper containers and broke down the boxes.

"It's a situation that has been taken care of," Mayfield said.

Ordinance: Decatur's weed, junk and litter ordinance requires owners to keep their property free of litter and garbage.

Responsible officials: The property is in City Councilman David Bolding's District 2.

David Lee, code enforcement officer with Community Development, said his department has never received a complaint regarding the property and never issued a notice to the owner.

Public Works Coordinator Julia Chenault said sanitation crews will not discard of garbage scattered about a yard. The property owner is responsible for ensuring the trash is contained properly.

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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