Here is an easy opportunity to help clean up Clayton county. Our Graffiti Task Force ran out of paint, and they hope residents can assist by donating supplies.
“We have been addressing graffiti for years on a catch-as-catch-can basis,” says Clayton Prison Warden Frank Smith. “When we find it, we consult with Code Enforcement (who is also on the task force) and repaint as soon as we legally can, [giving property owners] the mandated time by statute to repaint themselves.”
Inspectors look for graffiti daily, and there are currently two, 10-man (state prisoner) details painting. Repainted properties are located on Tara Boulevard, Valley Hill Road, Grant Road, Mt. Zion Road and a Park ‘n’ Ride, among others. Certain sites are repainted constantly.
With the exception of five gallons donated by Lovejoy’s Home Depot, all paint used came from county sources. “We’d like to see paint stores and businesses like Home Depot and Lowe’s be more generous, especially with their old or discontinued paint,” says Smith. Perhaps those who frequent and financially support these types of local businesses can encourage paint donations, since this task force benefits businesses and residents.
The CCPD also needs us to report those seen spraying graffiti. “[Residents] can take some responsibility for their neighborhoods beyond just calling the next day or so and expecting it to be removed immediately,” adds Smith. “Someone must see these bad folks sometimes!”
Brand NEW gallon cans of paint in any color will be accepted – but white, brown, beige, green, and black are most useful. What will NOT be accepted are old, dried up or half-empty cans of paint.
Contact Clayton’s Refuse Department at 770-477-3548 to coordinate pick up and/or drop off of paint, and to report where graffiti is seen. And thanks to our BOC for making this initiative possible!