Sarnia council erases proposed graffiti plan

Sherman Brown cleans graffiti from the Bell building on Michigan Avenue in this 2015 file photo. It took two workers several days to remove the paint using a variety of cleaning and removal methods. Glenn Ogilvie Photo

Journal Staff

Sarnia’s proposed graffiti policy has been scrubbed.

Council voted last week to can a plan to invest in equipment to remove graffiti and create a process for artists to legally paint murals on designated buildings.

“Quite frankly, I think this is a waste of money,” said Coun. Mike Stark. “We (have) formally dealt with graffiti and it didn’t require a capital investment of ($30,000). I don’t see the need for it now.”

The policy would have defined illegal graffiti and promoted education, prevention and monitoring, with timelines for removing unwanted graffiti.

Coun. Bill Dennis opposed giving a green light to street artists, even in designated places.

“I struggle with what I see as allowing graffiti opportunities,” he said.