Overgrown Lot Vexes Resident

Alice Vincent has complained to the city many times about the lot next to her house. The lot is overgrown with vegetation and weeds, and she says that it is dangerous for her and her family.

More than 80 years ago, Vincent’s father built the house that she and her family live in. The owners of the property next door appear to have moved away. The lot is overgrown with decaying and dead trees that are becoming a potential hazard, with rats, snakes and falling limbs. Vincent, who lives with her sisters and great-nieces, has taken money from her own pocket to remove the limbs that fall onto her roof from the trees on the lot next door.

Dothan District 2 Commissioner Amos Newsome says that first the property owner is notified of the problem, then, if nothing is done, the city cleans the area and puts a lien on the property. There is an ordinance against overgrown trees, but City Manager Mike West says that it has not been strictly enforced.


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