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PostSubject: Concerned about graffiti?   Fri Mar 23, 2007 6:34 pm

Attention Sector 3 Residents:

The pilot project described in this email occurred in Sector 1 of 5th Precinct, but some of you may be interested in the details.

For those who are concerned with graffiti, there is a Graffiti Community Impact statement attached. More information can be found in that document.

On March 20, 2007, the Division of Solid Waste and Recycling joined the Minneapolis Police Department 5th Precinct to set in motion a Graffiti Focus Area Pilot Project. A six-block part of Lowry Hill East was chosen as the focal point of the project because it experienced the greatest concentration of graffiti reports during the final nine months of 2006.

Solid Waste and Recycling initiated and paid for the project through the Clean City fund. The Pilot Project involved saturating the selected canvas area of Lowry Hill East with flyers that described the project and provided additional resources to “keep graffiti gone.” That afternoon, Solid Waste provided a complimentary one-time graffiti abatement service to remove all graffiti in the selected area, excluding primary residences. The city hopes that providing temporary relief and offering permanent support and services will encourage residents to participate in the citywide effort to eliminate graffiti occurrences.

One of the success measurements the city will use stems from the focus area’s ability (or inability) to maintain a graffiti-free state. The Division of Solid Waste and Recycling performed a pre-outreach count of graffiti tags in the focus area and an adjacent controlled area. In six months they plan to return to the selected six-block area and as well as a control area to observe possible changes in the occurrence of tags.

The study is a new initiative involving the partnership of two government entities working toward the same goal: eliminating the vandalizing act of graffiti. Graffiti is an issue that creates livability concerns for residents and a drain on city, county and state resources. If this program proves successful, it will be deployed in other afflicted neighborhoods in the city.

*If you have suggestions or inquiries about the program, please contact the Clean City Coordinator at 612.673.2789

*To report graffiti tags, call 311.

*To report graffiti tags in progress, call 911.

*To learn about abatement resources, check out the city’s website at www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/graffiti ; you can also contact your Neighborhood Association or your Crime Prevention Specialist.

Remember:

-Free graffiti removal solvent is available to all residents and business owners at all local Fire Stations.

-Free paint to abate graffiti from private property is available by supply at the Hennepin County Free Product Center. For more information call 612.348.3777 or visit their website at www.hennepin.us.

-Free paint to cover public property damaged by graffiti vandals is available to all block clubs, neighborhood groups, residents and business owners through the Clean City Paint-Over Program. For more information contact the Clean City Coordinator at 612.673.2789.

*I have also attached a Community Impact Statement provided by the Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office offering you the opportunity to voice your concerns to them regarding the impact of graffiti in your community.

The city needs your help disseminating information about reporting, abating, and preventing graffiti. Only by working together as a unified community will we have an impact on graffiti and its effects on livability in our neighborhoods.

Regards,
Chelsea

CPS Chelsea Adams
Crime Prevention Specialist
5th Precinct Mpls Police Dept.
3101 Nicollet Ave | Minneapolis, MN 55408
chelsea.adams@ci.minneapolis.mn.us
(612) 673-2815
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