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Spray paint stenciled on ground.
These anti-smoking stencils were not placed there by city staff.
The Department of Public Works has the authority over the sidewalks in Burlington and can allow markings if prior approval is granted. These did not receive that approval.
This type of marking would be removed or covered immediately if it was offensive, obscene or similarly objectionable. The crews that normally work on sidewalks are making other priority repairs at this time and will get to this as soon as practical.
I think I have a new LEAD!
As you have instructed me to do, I've been trying to investigate "who is doing it" so I can assist with the official investigation. Ohh... sounds fun! Okay, so I think I might have a new crack in the case of the mystery vandal.
I noticed there is a security camera attached to the building right above the place where the incident occurred (photo attached). So I tracked down the building owner by going to the City of Burlington's Electronic Land Records. That lead me to the Vermont Town Clerks Portal (http://cotthosting.com/vtportal/User/Login.aspx). From there, I did a property search for the address "110 Cherry St". It appears that the owner of the building (and likely the aforementioned security camera) is Nick & Morrissey Development. I googled them and noticed that Jeff Nick is the current president there.
I don't have Jeff Nick's contact info, but you might be able to ask the Police to see if he could aid them in their investigation. Dollars to donuts, the security tapes will be able to reveal who was vandalizing the streets.
Hi, I just wanted to check in on the cleanup effort and investigation. How are they both going?
I know you said there were other priorities, but here's an example of a hardly offensive case of graffiti that was reported 3 days ago and got cleaned up the very next day.
Meanwhile this issue has sat for over a month, and the one it has duplicated was posted more than 3 months ago.
What I find *offensive*, as a citizen of burlington, is that the damage done by these *criminals* (because that's exactly what they are by definition - someone who has committed a crime) has not been mitigated in any way for over 3 months. It sends the wrong message that people can use the sidewalks that I walk on everyday as their own personal billboard: their own canvas to use for their own agenda as long as that agenda is "not offensive." It makes literally zero difference that the message happened to contain a city ordinance. There are a lot of possible city laws and not a lot of sidewalk.
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