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The view at First Avenue Northeast, across the street from the Morgan County Jail.
Daily photo by Catherine Godbey
The view at First Avenue Northeast, across the street from the Morgan County Jail.

Hiding in plain sight

Location: First Avenue Northeast, across the street from the Morgan County Jail.

Description: The drought doesn’t appear to affect the growth of the weeds on the property running alongside First Avenue. Trash consisting of paper remnants and plastic cup lids sit among the overgrown weeds and grass.

Property owner: The city of Decatur.

Ordinance: Decatur’s weed, junk and litter ordinance requires owners to maintain weeds and grass at a height no taller than 12 inches. The same ordinance prohibits the accumulation of litter that is not properly contained.

Under the city code’s solid waste section, littering on any public or private property is outlawed.

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

David Lee, code enforcement officer with Community Development, is not aware of any complaints and said records on that property would not exist since an address doesn’t accompany it. Community development forwards complaints concerning city property to the Parks and Recreation Maintenance Department, Lee added.

Responsibility for maintaining city-owned property transferred from the Beautification Department to the Parks and Recreation Maintenance Department three weeks ago. Paul Floyd, Parks and Recreation maintenance director, said a member of his crew would address the overgrown section.

While Parks and Recreation received responsibility for ground cover maintenance, the Beautification Department retained responsibility for litter maintenance.

“There are routes we follow that cover the main thoroughfares and intersecting streets,” said Linda Eubanks, director of Beautification. “One crew just can’t get everywhere.”

Temporary workers hired by the city and people performing community service make up the crews responsible for cleaning up the litter.

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

Catherine Godbey

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