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City of Hermiston Makes Graffiti a 'Nuisance'

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HERMISTON, Ore. -- The Hermiston City Council voted Monday night to make graffiti a nuisance under the city's current nuisance codes and ban the sale of graffiti implements to minors.

Property owners with graffiti on their property will now be subjected to the same abatement process as those who have other nuisances such as weeds and junk on their property.

The new ordinances take effect April 25th. Under the new code, the time frame for property owners to fix the problem has been reduced from 15 days to seven days. After seven days, the city will take action.

When the city takes action, the abatement process remains the same as before. If the city cleans up the nuisance, they may charge the expense to the property owner. If the expense isn't paid within 60 days, the cost will become a lien on the property. The changes made Monday added in a financial hardship clause for property owners unable to afford the cost of abatement.

The ban on the sale of graffiti implements to minors includes a aerosol paint can, etching device, graffiti stick, or felt tipped marker wider than one quarter of an inch.

The change also prohibits minors from possessing graffiti implements unless given to them by an employer for their job, a parent with permission from the property owner, a school official for a school activity, or a city official for a city activity.