One gallon of paint can help!

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.

Will you donate a can of paint to the cause?

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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!

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Straight No Chaser

March 1st, 2010
12:38 pm

Great initiative…..great ideas. By all means lets donate. However we are going to forever be removing cobwebs unless we deal with the spider. Let’s honestly look at where the repeated graffiti is taking place and try to deal with it. Case in point the old Carpet outlet store on Tara Blvd is right down the street from a mobile home park…..unless you know what to look for that graffiti is Mexican gang graffiti. Let’s maybe get some cams up on the building or some extra patrols in the area.

Lockdown Larry

March 2nd, 2010
9:36 am

Actually, there is already a functioning police camera focused on the carpet store. Why we have never ID’d or caught anyone is a little embarrassing.Catching the perpetrators,locking them up with widespread public information is the missing piece! We also need to hit the perps where they live–litterally–amid flagrant code violations.


March 2nd, 2010
12:13 pm

Pretty sad this is even a topic

Clayton resident

March 2nd, 2010
12:33 pm

Yeah it is sad this is a topic and problem in Clayton, but at least the county is trying to do something about it now. Maybe things are turning around a bit round here.

City of Morrow Resident

March 2nd, 2010
12:58 pm

Yes I would donate paint and time to keep our county beautiful.

Finally, with help from Morrow Dude,who told us who the candidates are for the special election here in Morrow, my wife and I were able to contact one candidate who sent us the following information to share with our neighbors.

Meet and Greet Jeanell Bridges at Travelers Rest Baptist Church in the Family Life Center, located at 2112 Rex Road,Morrow GA 30260, this Saturday, March 6th at 2PM.
Ms. Bridges will be the first woman to serve on the city council in 30 years when she is elected in a special election on Tuesday, March 16th.


March 2nd, 2010
3:23 pm

Give a time, date and place! I will donate a can of paint. Stop waiting on government, lets help ourselves!

-Proud Clayton Resident


March 2nd, 2010
3:28 pm

I wish they would have said something earlier. Last weekend – I took over 20 gallons of paint to the Home Depot recycling day. If they were to get this request out to the citizens as to what kind of paint and the color(s) needed, I would bet on a good amount of participation. Can’t they use a powerwasher to cleanup some of these places? Can we turn in the locations, addresses that need this help? How about the telephone and cable distribution boxes being tagged, do we report that to the county or the companies that own them? Many things are being tagged by these morons, signs, fences, walls of businesses, churches, driveways, residential roads.


March 2nd, 2010
3:43 pm

Spectator: Residents should coordinate donations on their own by contacting Clayton’s Refuse Department at 770-477-3548. To my knowledge, there will be no specific time and place to donate for this one – but please refer to the information above about about what kinds of paint will and won’t be accepted. THANKS!


March 2nd, 2010
4:28 pm

Reseponse to Resolute: from the Refuse Department:

Can’t they use a powerwasher to cleanup some of these places?: Power-washers rarely will do the job, such that it is not worth carrying their bulk.

Can we turn in the locations, addresses that need this help?: Locations can be turned-in to Refuse Control.

How about the telephone and cable distribution boxes being tagged, do we report that to the county or the companies that own them? Many things are being tagged by these morons, signs, fences, walls of businesses, churches, driveways, residential roads.: Telephone/cable boxes are being investigated as we speak. A lot of private property implications here. The Task Force cannot color match the paint-outs.

And we are addressing as many of the things/places the writer mentioned as possible. It is not a science.


March 3rd, 2010
11:11 am

Kudos to the Refuse Dept – Clayton County. The eyesore wall on the frontage road between 19/41 and the Penney’s outlet is painted over. Thanks.

The article gives colors and requests NEW paint. Do they need particular type of paint, i.e. – oil based, latex based – concrete paint, enamel paint — of course, all should be outdoor paint.

Also can they recomment products and how to remove paint from neighborhood road signs – this we can do ourselves for our local neighborhoods.

old timer

March 3rd, 2010
1:24 pm

Morrow resident….SMART!!


March 3rd, 2010
4:38 pm

@ Double Action: I do not understand my donating paint to be an exclusive action to combat graffiti and subsequently gangs in Clayton County. I am hopeful that citizens have their eyes open and their cameras rolling at their private residence. I must admit, I have seen no graffiti in my neighborhood but should I start, my surveillance system will assist law enforcement with identifying the criminals that are destroying property. In the meantime, we can not allow graffiti to plague our county.


March 3rd, 2010
5:22 pm

Yeah Yeah – Gotta try sometihing


March 3rd, 2010
5:22 pm

Yeah Yeah – Gotta try sometihing

i like to watch

March 4th, 2010
8:27 am

public execution for all taggers


March 4th, 2010
9:45 am

I hope everyone will help with this project through donations. I would also like to see an effort to encourage Clayton residents to spruce up their yards by planting flowers this spring. Pretty yards are a deterent to vandalism and improve the appearance of our county.

Also, Morrow residents remember the March 16 Morrow special election to fill the unexpired term of former City Councilman Charles Sorrow. Morrow Downtown Development Authority Executive Director John Lampl, former city Property Manager Jeanell Bridges, and retiree James “Jim” Duckworth are running.

City of Morrow Resident

March 4th, 2010
6:10 pm

John Lampl quit his job as Executive Director of Economic Development to run for City Council? T
hat is quite interesting. Is it true that a woman is not on the council?
The Clayton News Daily ran an Ad on Bridges today, Thursday and they interviewed Duckworth and Bridges a week ago. Nothing yet from Lampl publicly, would like to know all of the candidates platform.


March 4th, 2010
7:41 pm

@Double Action: LOL! I wish I could fight but I am not talented in that area. I may need to leave that can of whoop a** closed :) .


March 5th, 2010
5:48 am

Early voting is underway in the Morrow City Council election. Registered Morrow voters may vote at the Morrow Municipal Complex during normal business hours until Friday, March 12.

Also, if you see vandals painting graffiti on property, I would recommend the tactic suggested by DoubleAction. Citizens should call the Police and let them do their jobs. Losing one’s life trying to do vigilante law enforcement is not worth it.


March 5th, 2010
11:28 am

Great idea and some great responses, so far. Hopefully, H.D, Lowes, PPG and S.Williams will all come thru. With H.D. and Lowes, it will have to come from individual store managers. Maybe after the ‘returns’ sit on the shelf for over a week, then they can donate. But, I usually notice only a can or two. I guess every lil bit helps tho. Throwing our hands up and thinking we’ll never solve the problem doesn’t help and isn’t constructive.

RE: “everybody plant flowers”. Most businesses along the main thoroughfares could do a lot better with their landscaping and neatness. Most of the ‘majors’ do a decent job; eg QT, Macdonalds, BK, Dwarf House. I’d like to congratulate Steve Mitchell at the BP at Tara Blvd/North Ave for doing a credible job at his place.


March 5th, 2010
7:21 pm

It is sad how vandals enjoy destroying our community by spray painting property. There is a new town house complex on Valley Hill Road, and I remember when they painted over the graffiti the first time it happened. A couple of days later the vandals painted the white fence again. I think, as a Clayton County community we should donate, but at the same time police should help in the cause by patrolling those areas when they can..maybe the criminals will be caught, and they might scare others away, from vandalizing those properties again.


March 5th, 2010
10:37 pm

I support the candidate that wears a dress….


March 6th, 2010
12:15 am

Now you’re crying about paint! CRY, CRY, CRY. Obviously you have a law enforcement problem; get it fixed. Cry Babys!

Clear View

March 8th, 2010
4:15 pm

Things were looking pretty sad on paint donations; a lot of excuses, indifference, big stores not being able to overcome the inertia of the workplace, etc. Then the Task Force asked Crane Hardware and Banks Paint store in Jonesboro, and the answer was “sure!” Bouyed by that good news, the Task Force was blown away by Wal-Mart of Riverdale (Manager Fontain Arnold), who loaded them down with a very, very generous donation of paint. There is the talking about public spirit, and there is the demonstration of public spirit!


March 8th, 2010
6:38 pm

Clear View: Great news!

Double: Great service by you, providing email addresses for our reps!


April 19th, 2010
9:27 pm

painting-contractor-cape-cod said, “You guys should allow people to bring in old paint because it’s good up to 10 years and if it doesn’t smell like rotten eggs or sour milk it’s good just make take alot of stirring. Dump it into a trash can get a heavy duty drill and the long attachment they use to mix paint and cement.

Then you could help clean up the neighborhood and the enviroment all at one time.

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