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Date:
September 17, 2008
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Lin Quenzer, Mayor’s Office, 441-7511


MAYOR ENCOURAGES CITIZENS TO VOLUNTEER FOR GRAFFITI “CLEAN IT UP” DAY

Mayor Chris Beutler encourages residents to volunteer for the 2008 Graffiti “Clean It Up” Day from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday, September 20. The event is a City-wide effort to paint over graffiti and is organized by Lincoln Under Care (LUC), a local anti-graffiti coalition.

“Graffiti invites more vandalism and crime by sending a message that no one cares about the neighborhood,” Mayor Beutler said. “Cleaning up graffiti can be costly, and that’s why efforts like this are so important. I hope this is the first of many such projects. By helping individual property owners clean up graffiti, we help the entire community.”

Individuals and groups are encouraged to sign up by contacting Nancy Engel, AmeriCorp VISTA, at 441-5658 or nengel@lincoln.ne.gov. Individuals who register to volunteer will be assigned to a team. Children and youth will need adult supervision. Individual painters will need to sign a waiver of liability when they pick up their paint.

Teams must have the property owners permission to paint, and private property will not be charged for the cleanup.

Paint will be available from the supply that was recycled during the Lincoln-Lancaster County’s paint exchange. Property owners may prefer to provide matching paint.

Citizens wanting to report new graffiti on their property can call the Lincoln Police Department at 441-7204 with the location and a description. Individuals who know of areas that could be painted on “Clean It Up” Day can contact Engel with the address and specific location.

For more information on graffiti and the City’s graffiti ordinance, visit the City Web site at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: graffiti).


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