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A resident complained about this drainage ditch between 2505 and 2509 13th St. S.E.
Daily photo by Evan Belanger
A resident complained about this drainage ditch between 2505 and 2509 13th St. S.E.

Hiding in plain sight

Location: A Decatur drainage ditch between 2505 and 2509 13th St. S.E.

Description: A neighbor complained that city employees attempted to improve the ditch by enlarging it with a backhoe last spring. The ditch no longer drains fully, making it difficult or impossible to mow. It also has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and a collector of litter and debris, he said.

Owner: The ditch is part of a Decatur right of way.

Ordinance: Decatur's weed, junk and litter ordinance requires property owners to keep grass no more than 12 inches tall and to maintain any weeds, grass or non-ornamental plant growth so that it does not become a nuisance. It also prohibits property owners from allowing a build up of stagnant water anywhere on the property to eliminate habitats or breeding areas for insects, vermin or pests.

Responsible officials: The ditch is in Decatur City Council District 3, represented by Gary Hammon.

A Community Development spokeswoman said there have been no complaints about the ditch. The Daily was unable to contact the Public Works Department for comment.

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.

Evan Belanger

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