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Changing criminal penalties for graffiti would require action by the state General Assembly. Davis said the city should approach local legislators on the issue. Kit Cramer, president and CEO at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber has already initiated discussions.
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much to ask.
"It's a blight on the community," said Councilman Jan Davis, chairman of the Public Safety Committee.
"While we recognize that that is very difficult . what we see with these eight cities is it's the only method that's worked," she said.
removing graffiti from the building over the past five years.
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But most of the discussion among the three councilmen on the committee, city staffers and the roughly 25 members of the public who attended focused on provisions of the draft ordinance that would require property owners to cover graffiti within seven business days of getting a notice from the city.
An Asheville City Council committee discussed efforts to deal with graffiti during a meeting Monday.
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"It's just the most frustrating, awful thing," said Ellen Carr, whose family owns Tops for Shoes downtown. "It just makes me sick that our town is covered with it."
Assistant City Manager Cathy Ball said staff research on how other North Carolina cities handle the issue found that eight require a property owner to clean up graffiti much as Asheville's proposed ordinance would.
Committee members said they would like to learn more about the issue before recommending changes to the rest of City Council, but there appeared to be some support for imposing more responsibility on property owners and other steps staff suggested.
Some in the audience suggested tougher penalties for graffiti vandals and more police efforts to catch them.
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Police Chief William Anderson said penalties under state law are too light, but city police have already "taken an aggressive approach to address the issue." He helped develop the staff recommendation and said it would help city police if the public reported graffiti incidents quickly.
City staff proposed several steps to fight graffiti at a meeting of council's Public Safety Committee, including improved police enforcement, seeking tougher penalties for graffiti vandals and an education campaign that would ask the public to be on the lookout for vandals and report graffiti quickly.
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illegally on buildings go through nuisance court, in which sentences for those convicted often include being forced to clean up graffiti, and rarely offend again.
That amounts to "a tax or a fine against the property owner with them not doing anything wrong," said property owner Carr Swicegood.
"I think we have to call it what it is. It's vandalism when you put (graffiti) on other people's property."
"I know the property owners are the victims, but if somebody breaks your window, you need to fix it," Holt said.
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