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The view at 1513 16th Ave. S.E.
Daily photo by Bayne Hughes
The view at 1513 16th Ave. S.E.

Hiding in plain sight

Location: 1513 16th Ave. S.E.

Description: Junk and construction materials spill over the backyard. A broken garbage bag is in the alley and smells. A resident says garbage has been there more than a month.

Owner: The Morgan County Revenue Department lists Ruby Daniels Stage as the owner. The woman who answered the phone at the property said the home is a rental. She said she was told that the city would pick up garbage left in black garbage bags, but the city has not picked up the garbage. She said she would take care of the garbage and the junk problem.

Ordinance: Decatur's weed, junk and litter ordinance does not allow storage or for the owner to keep on the premises of any residential or commercial property, any inoperable vehicle, discarded household furnishings, scrap or junk, unless housed in an approved, enclosed, covered structure so as not to be viewable from any street, alley or other public right of way, or any other private premises, and in such a manner as to prevent a health, safety or fire hazard. Garbage must be in a container.

Responsible officials: The property is in Decatur City Council member David Bolding's District 2. A spokeswoman for the city's Community Development Department said no complaints have been filed with the department. Julia Chenault, Public Works Department coordinator, said residents should put household garbage in a gray garbage cart that the city furnishes. If a resident has too much garbage for a container on a one-time basis, he should put trash in a black garbage bag beside the container. If too much garbage becomes routine, she said, sanitation workers will leave a notice for the resident. The department rents additional containers for $5 each a month.

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@decaturdai ly.com.

Bayne Hughes

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