City passes graffiti cleanup law

Under an ordinance approved Wednesday night by the Aberdeen City Council, property owners will now have to remove graffiti from their property or face the possibility of a fine.

The vote adding graffiti to the list of problems covered in the city’s public nuisance ordinance was unanimous.

Code Enforcement Officer Bill Sidor has been sending out letters to property owners and managers for months in an effort to clear buildings of tagging and graffiti. So far, more than half have complied.

The goal of the ordinance is to encourage the removal voluntarily, City Attorney Eric Nelson said. Sidor and Nelson have said the city is willing to work closely with property owners and managers. If they do not comply, they could face fines of up to $1,000 and 90 days in jail.

Nelson said the city only brings about a dozen public nuisance cases up a year. Fines usually run around $300, he said.


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