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July 22, 2019
TO: The Church Hill Association
RE: Graffiti Issue
The Church Hill Association is asking for $5,000.00 for graffiti removal from the brick wall surrounding Richmond Hill.
The graffiti problem has been an ongoing one for years. I drove by on July 22nd and the weeds are so tall that you can barely see the wall. The City of Richmond is supposed to keep this area mowed. They do not!
It is a waste of money to remove graffiti and not address the issue of recurring vandalism. Planting will not deter graffiti artist. In addition, new plantings may die because there will be no funds to water and maintain them.
Motion sensitive lighting will deter them. Richmond Hill should invest in motion sensitive lighting. The brick fence belongs to them.
Most importantly, the City of Richmond has a program that will remove the graffiti free of charge. This is administered through the City of Richmond, Department of Public Works. The last time a CHA committee got their hands on $5,000.00 was at least six years ago and to date there has yet to be a full accounting of how and where this money was spent, if it was spent and how much of that $5,000.00 remains.
We recently heard from the CHA asking for help giving funds cleaning Taylor’s Hill Park. A group of volunteers as well as Richmond Hill have been cleaning up the park and trying to take better care of it.