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Waist-high weeds encircle the utility poles, fire hydrants and wires surrounding the drainage ditch south of Southland Plaza on Sixth Avenue Southeast.
Daily photo by John Godbey
Waist-high weeds encircle the utility poles, fire hydrants and wires surrounding the drainage ditch south of Southland Plaza on Sixth Avenue Southeast.

Hiding in plain sight

Location: Drainage ditch, south of Southland Plaza on Sixth Avenue Southeast.

Description: Waist-high weeds encircle the utility poles, fire hydrants and wires surrounding the ditch. The Daily featured the ditch in its “Hiding in plain sight” series on Oct. 30 because of overgrown grass and weeds.

Owner: The city of Decatur.

Ordinance: Decatur’s weed, junk and litter ordinance requires property owners to maintain grass and weeds at a height no greater than 12 inches so as not to constitute a nuisance.

Responsible officials: The property is in City Councilman David Bolding’s District 2. Responsibility for maintaining city property lies under the Parks and Recreation Department’s maintenance division.

When the Daily contacted Parks and Recreation two weeks ago, Kim Skinner said a crew would mow the property. The crew mowed the overgrown grass surrounding the ditch but failed to address the weeds surrounding objects.

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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