Town fumes after booster station is hit with graffiti again
By Stephannie Johnson
Two Town of Parry Sound staff members spent three hours Monday removing the graffiti from the side of the booster station at the corner of Isabella and Church Streets.
November 15, 2012
PARRY SOUND – More graffiti, and more fuming from town staff.
Sometime between Friday night and Sunday morning the booster station near The Spot, on the corner of Isabella and Church Street was spray painted, with words that seemed to mock the Town of Parry Sound.
The crude words, “Ha ha, no one in high school would do this,” were scrawled along the side of the building in the same fluorescent orange spray paint that has been used in the past.
Located on the corners of Isabella and Church Streets, The Spot, in the past, has been a vandalized, trash-ridden eyesore and has been discussed around town council’s table many times in an attempt to find a solution.
At a February 21 council meeting, Coun. Bonnie Keith and town staff presented council with a plan to address a number of concerns voiced by ratepayers regarding the area. At the time, council directed Keith and staff to continue to work with high school students and other stakeholders to develop an action plan and budget to bring back to council.
In June, council passed a resolution presented by town bylaw enforcement officer Tammy Purdy and Keith, which outlined a 30-day pilot project that began the first day of school.
The project also includes the installation of a surveillance system (at a cost of approximately $3,000) at the spot.
Prior to the start of the project, council had stressed that there would be zero tolerance for vandalism.
Since the trial period began, benches were often moved around the space, garbage cans overturned and refuse and cigarette butts tossed about.
Late last month the water booster station, that bore the brunt of the vandalism and graffiti in the past, was spray-painted.
Town staff didn’t want to say when the surveillance camera would be installed, so as not to alert the graffiti artists, but did say it would be sooner rather than later.
Parry Sound Mayor Jamie McGarvey suspects it’s the same culprit(s) involved in this latest vandalism, and isn’t happy.
“I’m not impressed,” said McGarvey Monday afternoon. “All this does is cost the ratepayers more money and it makes our town look messy.”
Each incident takes two town staff members three hours to clean.
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