El Paso Street Department Taking a Bite Out of Graffiti
From September 2006 thru February 2007, the Street Department's Graffiti Removal Team has received 2,694 service requests for graffiti removal and cleaned approximately 667,477 square feet of graffiti at 5,135 sites. This is a 55% increase in the amount of graffiti cleaned in the same time period of the last fiscal year and an increase of 62% in the number of service requests for graffiti removal.
The activity of the graffiti abatement program is growing rapidly due to increased graffiti problems, enhanced educational efforts in the community regarding graffiti abatement and the program's response and turn around times.
Two new graffiti crews were authorized for the Street Departments Graffiti abatement program in the FY2007 budget in September 2006. The four new positions are now filled and the crews are working city-wide removing graffiti along with the other existing 5 graffiti crews. Additionally, two new graffiti trucks have been authorized by City Council. Each truck is specially designed for graffiti removal. The trucks are equipped with compressors, water tanks, and high pressure hoses. Each truck costs $80,549 because they have to be specially built for graffiti removal. The new trucks are expected to be delivered to the Street Department in late Spring. In the mean time, new crews are doubling up with existing crews in hard hit areas and using paint trucks.
Help us clean up El Paso by reporting Graffiti. Graffiti Hotline: 915-621-6789
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