Graffiti task force expects less-frenzied 2013
Her team cleaned up a record amount of graffiti in 2012, but the head of the Kamloops Graffiti Task Force is predicting a less-frenzied 2013.
Ronnie Bouvier said 2012, when the entire Thompson Rivers University WolfPack baseball team was either working or volunteering for her, was a major cleanup year for the organization.
"We went to places we'd never been to," she said.
With those out of the way, operations will most likely return to the usual volumes in the usual hotspots — which Bouvier said have already been marked up this year.
Taggers have hit Riverside Park three times since the start of the year and Bouvier said she's seeing "a lot of swastikas" under the Halston Bridge.
Another new tagging site that appeared last year appears to have gone dark.
In December, Bouvier said students had started tagging two hydro boxes — one on Lansdowne Street and one in Aberdeen — with classmates' names, phone numbers and bullying comments.
Since then, bylaws officers have stepped up patrols near the Lansdowne box and the neighbourhood association in Aberdeen has done the same.
That, Bouvier said, has deterred the "bully board" users.
"It's not an issue right now," she said. "I can' tell you it won't be an issue in the summer, but it isn't right now. We're managing it."
The task force also plans to paint the two boxes black, which has been shown to cut down on graffiti and tagging.