SALEM - The Rules & Ordinances Committee of city council has tentatively set a meeting for 6 p.m. this coming Tuesday to introduce anti-graffiti legislation which will include a zero-tolerance policy.
"When you get aggressive with that type of policy, the amount of graffiti gets reduced significantly," Councilman Rick Drummond said, based on what's happened in other communities.
Drummond chairs the Rules & Ordinances Committee and said he hopes people come to the meeting to give their input. He confirmed that part of the proposal will likely include a requirement for property owners to remove graffiti within a set time frame, which is something the committee discussed at a previous meeting.
Drummond announced the meeting date during Tuesday's council meeting. Mayor John Berlin noted that he's asked city Service/Safety Director Ken Kenst to ask all employees to report any graffiti they find on city-owned properties and right-of-ways in the course of their duties so it can be taken care of right away. He said he assumed they were already doing that, but he wanted to emphasize it.
Drummond offered thanks to city worker Doug Moffett, who he said took it upon himself to purchase a cleaner that's working very well on graffiti.
When it comes to zero tolerance, he said they won't be letting the people who do graffiti off scot-free.
In other business, Utilities Superintendent Don Weingart announced the city Utilities Commission will hold a workshop meeting at 2:30 p.m. this coming Tuesday to discuss sludge and issues at the wastewater treatment plant, with the regular meeting to follow at 3 p.m.
Kenst said trick-or-treat in the city will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.
Curb side leaf pickup will begin the first week of November and last as long as necessary, depending on the weather. Leaves have to be bagged, but he suggested the use of decomposable bags since they can be turned into mulch. Plastic bags cannot. The paper bags or decomposable bags are available at lawn supply stores.
Mary Ann Greier can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org