An Atlanta official says community service performed at the lot of a private business owner was within city code and state regulation.
The Georgia Department of Corrections runs a program in which individuals are ordered perform community service. A crew from that program spent three days clearing a private lot in Midtown Atlanta in work that authorized by Wayne Mock of Midtown Alliance.
"It has become a public safety issue. You look at the area when you go around there and you can see a spike in safety issues," Mock said.
Mock said that it is within the guidelines for public labor to be used on this private property. However, some sources familiar with the intersection question the work.
City law generally spells out the kind of work authorized by midtown alliance should be done by the owner, according to FOX 5's Morse Diggs.
Mock said that city code office has made a ruling on the property, which he says vagrants have tried to take over.
"The city comes in and posts the property as unoccupied and dangerous and any person entering the property…and anybody that comes in can be arrested. It gives us the right to use community service workers on private property, which the city deemed a severe public safety issue," Mock said.
Mock says the labor crews cut down brush, allowing Atlanta police officers to have a better sightline when they circle around that block.