Director of Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful, Judy Bowels
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
City leaders continue their fight to restore the Albany war monuments in downtown after it was vandalized over Memorial Day weekend.
It has taken countless hours to scrub away the black spray paint left behind by the criminals, a member of public works had to be brought in with a pressure washer to remove the rest. Currently the marble is about 90% percent clean. Albany assistant city manager, Wes Smith, says they will most likely call in a professional to finish the job.
Director of Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful, Judy Bowels, says last year over 200 sites were vandalized. When it comes to catching these vandals she says citizen involvement can go a long way. But until someone is caught community members are stuck paying to clean up the mess.
"The paint supplies we use run in the neighborhood of about $5,000 and that doesn't count the man power hours that we have," Bowels said. "You have a lot of personnel and it's costly for each of our taxpayers."
Once a graffiti crime is reported police and those from KADB are contacted to photograph and investigate. If it's on a home or business the owner will have 5 days to remove the graffiti or KADB and the city code enforcement officer revisits to paint over.
Bowels says the community is the eyes and ears and without them they can not function properly as a government.
She says by cleaning up it send the message out that citizens are taking charge and it will not be tolerated.