Government at a Glance
Cleaning up is dirty:
Mobile car-washer Lance Winslow, who said he paid $21,000 to keep his mobile-car-wash trucks from polluting the city's waterways, contends the city's graffiti removal trucks are doing more damage because they use chemicals.

He said he recently watched as a graffiti removal team went about its business.

"It was just neat that they were able to clean this with chemicals and it was going into the storm drain," he said.   "It was 30 times as much as I use."

One reason why the council passed mobile-car-wash regulations was because of concerns that residue pollutes and overburdens storm drains.

The council required the mobile businesses to obtain a permit for $261 and install a system to eliminate runoff.  The car washers had 60 days to comply.

Public Works Director Donald Nelson said city crews first try to remove graffiti with high-pressure water.  If the blight is still visible, they may paint over it or use a chemical.

Winslow asked that the city's graffiti removal trucks be properly equipped, as his are.

"I'd also like to have some money, maybe, say, $261 to drive around and enforce the law," he said.

Mayor Elois Zeanah suggested that city staff look into alternatives.

Reprinted from News Chronicle, March 9, 1994.

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