Time to clean up

By Joe Lambert | Published Saturday, April 20, 2019

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Cheers to whomever owns the lot at West Hale and South Trenchard streets in Decatur for tearing down the house and cleaning up the mess that renters had left.

As we travel along that street next to the new QT, the mess was a disgrace. Again, thank you.

I would like to address the issue of code enforcement, or lack thereof, in the city. Why can’t we get old furniture left on the curb picked up and hauled off? Why can’t we get people to clean up the old cars that litter various locations around town?

Abandoned buildings need to be addressed. I can count 14 or 15 buildings that are vacant between FM 2264 on the south and the north end of the business route where it meets the 81/287 freeway near Catfish O’Harlies. Some have been there for years and provide a haven for vermin.

I would like to see the city appoint a full-time code enforcement officer rather than the part-time officer we have now. Then code enforcement needs to take action immediately when complaints pile up.

Summer is coming and with it comes unsightly and overgrown weeds and grass that provide a safety and fire danger.

I will not comment on the present controversy on zoning and building codes other than to say it needs to be addressed and changed. It needs to be less restrictive for people who want to renovate and remodel their homes. It should not be as difficult as it is now.

Decatur, we have much to be proud of, but we are better than the mess we have now in some parts of town. Let’s be first class!

Joe Lambert

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