WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) — A new law in the City of Warren is putting the responsibility on property owners to clean up graffiti on their buildings.
The new law states that the city will notify the owner of a property that has been vandalized. The owner then has five days to either remove the graffiti or to make a cleanup plan with the city.
The city councilman who sponsored the legislation said it is similar to other graffiti laws in Cleveland, Dayton and Cincinnati.
“We’re not out to breathe down your back. We’re just out to make sure that the town stays relatively clean. And we’re trying to bring things back to the beauty that we had a few years ago,” said Warren’s 3rd Ward Councilman, John Brown.
Under the new law, property owners who do not remove graffiti or make a plan to clean it up within five days could face a misdemeanor charge.
The ordinance also makes the city responsible for removing graffiti on its own property within 48 hours.