WHAT’S UP DOWNTOWN – Spring cleaning of graffiti has begun

HEY, THERE, Kamloops! Mornings mean so much don’t they? A great morning experience can assist you even if you woke up on the wrong side of the bed, and we know that’s no easy task.

Imagine you are headed Downtown for the day and anticipating all the fresh experiences to behold. The sun glistens over the Thompson River, the birds are chirping with harmonious glee, and you’ve got a spirit that certainly cannot be dampened, even with all that extended winter nonsense.

You arrive at your destination but. oh, no! What’s this? You find graffiti vandalism. Thankfully, after reading this article, you’ll have all the tools you need to wipe away the letters, from A to Z.

Graffiti is one form of vandalism, and getting rid of graffiti vandalism can be a messy situation. The first step is being able to properly identify where it is. Graffiti in different places means that it falls under the responsibility of different faces to take down.

While on our daily patrol, the CAP Team will remove graffiti from City property as well as remove profanity seen elsewhere. This is, of course, weather and supply dependant. A recent graffiti blitz at the beginning of March took the CAP Team all over the downtown streets, as well as the Yellow Bridge, to remove 250-plus tags in a week.

With its new location now at McArthur Island, in certain cases the Graffiti Task Force (a non-profit organization) can be contracted out to businesses. It is important to remember that they are not City of Kamloops employees nor a City service.

While they are contracted out by Parks and Recreation by the City, they will clean up the City parks first and, in some cases, they may meet with building owners if they face unwanted tags. GTF charges $100 per hour for the first two hours and $50 per hour after that.

Keep in mind that even if the job takes 20 minutes, they still must charge the minimum of $100. They also recommend for business owners to simply paint over the graffiti within a 24-hour period as a simple and quick solution. If you wish to, you can report any graffiti on City property, Telus boxes, or BC Hydro boxes by calling 250-572-6848 with the specific location.

Well, Kamloops, you now know have a little more info about the CAP Team and as well as Graffiti Task Force. Such wonderful people they are! With all of us working together with the goal to beatify Kamloops and with a little help from the public, I’d say we will have a bright, clean, and lemon scented future.

This article was written by Jon George, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach him at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Customer Care & Info Centre at 250-572-3017. Email Follow on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops).

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