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Atlanta code enforcement team makes surprise visit to businesses

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A team of Atlanta police, public works, watershed management and zoning officials stopped by businesses in the area near Campbellton Road in southwest Atlanta to make sure people were following the rules.

They left after writing at least six citations.

One of the citations was for improperly kept dumpsters outside of S&S Cafeterias, where the team also found a used oil dumpster that was overflowing. Michael Crawford, with public works, said the oil is a danger to the community and the environment.

"See all this oil down here - it's not supposed to come out of the box," Crawford said. "It's supposed to be sealed and not running over like that. That's an automatic violation."

The team came together with city Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms, who represents the district. She said her office constantly fields calls about possible code enforcement issues and that she thought it would be easier if representatives from each department involved came out together.

"I think a lot of it is apathy," Bottoms said. "Some things have looked very bad for a very long time. So there's not an expectation that it's going to look better. It may be issuing warnings, it may be issuing citations, quite frankly there are some areas that the city needs to do its part in cleaning up as well."

The team will check back in with businesses that got citations to make sure things are fixed.

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