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Franklinton's Anti-Graffiti Battle Could Cost Property Owners

Posted August 21, 2007

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— A plan to rid the streets of graffiti is stirring up some controversy in Franklinton.

The town’s Board of Commissioners was taking up a proposal Tuesday that would make owners responsible for cleaning up graffiti put on their property.

It’s not a completely popular idea, though the policy would not be unique to Franklinton.

“It seems a little extreme," resident Princess Richardson said.

“I should not be responsible for having to pay for it,” Alta Sanbling said.

Town officials have a problem because vandals have hit the town hard over the past few months. Police in most communities believe graffiti is a bad sign, sometimes indicative of rising gang activity.

Getting rid of it costs money, however. Franklinton’s graffiti ordinance would require property owners to remove the mess within 10 days after it’s spotted or the town will do the scrubbing and send them the bill.

Town Manager Sharon Garner said she believes graffiti should be treated like any other public nuisance.

“If you have a dead dog that ends up on your property, that becomes your responsibility to remove the dog,” Garner said to explain the situation from the town’s perspective.

Officials said it is important to get graffiti taken down right away and to do that, they need the public's help.

“We're not trying to come in and take over. We're not trying to be the graffiti police. We don't have the staff to be the graffiti police!” Garner said.

Mary Tanner worries how her 90-year-old mother would handle it, though.

“She is not going to be able to pay to have it removed or remove it herself. It's too much,” Tanner said.

Town leaders said they knew not everyone would like the ordinance, but they add that something must be done to control a problem that's out of control.

Raleigh, Durham and Fayetteville already have ordinances that require property owners to clean-up graffiti.

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  • knelsud92 Aug 23, 2007

    Ridiculous. You aren't allowed by law to protect your property, but the government can tell you that it's your problem when someone defiles it. Typical lazy "law enforcement" and government. Too "busy" harassing "speeders" and conducting "safety checks" to actually STOP CRIME!

    Let people protect their personal property by any means necessary, and the incidence of grafitti "artists" will be zero.

  • dohicky Aug 22, 2007

    Maybe the police department should do it. The owners should expect them to stop the vandals. Like the man said, he isn't allowed to 'blow them away'. That would be kind of extreme but I would suggest that you flog them and make them clean it up afterwards. Most hard working people that have someone abuse them would probably go along with this.

  • proudmama Aug 22, 2007

    If Fayetteville already has that ordinance then the city better get crackin on all the bridges an street signs that have graffiti we've been lookin at all that for years.i do beleive they are the owners.

  • WTFmph Aug 22, 2007

    I will be happy to clean up any graffiti placed on my personal property at my own expense.

    Just as long as I am also allowed to blow away, no questions asked , any miscreant who defiles my property.

    You can't have it both ways, law enforcement people.

    Either you control the perps and their damage or we do.

    You cannot say, oh, sorry, we can't do anything about the rampant criminals we have allowed to infiltrate your communinty.

    I live in Cary, in a poorer neighborhood, and am experiencing this problem, much to my chagrin.

  • William Tell Aug 21, 2007

    pikemom, thug boys, punk boys, what's the difference, they are little girly boys if you ask me. Slap them up side the head, where the brain normally would be, they will scream like little girls.

  • Blue steel Aug 21, 2007

    What WRAL did not report, is that over 75% of the "artists" have been arrested. Find that in Raleigh or Fayetteville. Officers are requesting restitution to be distributed to anyone affected. And Raptor, check your maps, US 1 is part of Franklinton.

  • PikeMom Aug 21, 2007

    catch a gang member and b^%$& slap them, they will cry like little girls. Why would anybody be scared by a bunch of punks that can not defend themselves. that is the purpose of a gang, because they can not defend themselves, bunch of little punk boys.

    EXCUSE me,you are right 'cept one thing,these are NOT punk boys.These are THUG boyz.

  • puddinghead Aug 21, 2007

    When monkeyhouse rocks, he rocks the D Zippas.

  • William Tell Aug 21, 2007

    catch a gang member and b^%$& slap them, they will cry like little girls. Why wouyld anybody be scared by a bunch of punks that can not defend themselves. that is the purpose of a gang, because they can not defend themselves, bunch of little punk boys.

  • William Tell Aug 21, 2007

    I've been to Frankilinton, believe me, no one will notice the graffiti, the town is a dump

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