Superior Court Judge Gail Flake signed a consent order Thursday declaring common areas of the condos a public nuisance and allowing the homeowners’ association to address dirty areas and dangerous conditions.
“We would like to allow the homeowners’ association to take charge of some of this clean-up themselves, and they’ve shown a willingness to do so,” said Assistant County Attorney Bennett Bryan in court. “We’ve very encouraged by the efforts that have been taken.”
A community clean-up day is scheduled for May 7, and four or five trash bins are being brought to the neighborhood to dispose of litter strewn across parking lots, said Lynn Whatley, an attorney for the homeowners' association. He's also seeking fencing to prevent access to four buildings that have burned down over the years, most recently during a two-alarm fire this month.
“We’ve got to stop the bleeding over there,” Whatley said. “We’re going to attack as many of these problems as we can in these 30 days.”
After that time, Whatley told a judge he’ll submit a list of the community’s accomplishments and next steps.
“I’m happy they’re making efforts to take responsibility for this,” said DeKalb Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton. “To see volunteers come in with resources like heavy equipment, that’s just really fantastic.”