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Village of Grafton, WI
Ozaukee County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Grafton as Title 9, Part V, Ch. 9.60, of the 1979 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended by Ord. No. 014, Series 1999]
It shall be unlawful for any person to write, draw, inscribe, mark, scratch, scrawl, paint, spray or otherwise place graffiti of any kind on any public or private building, structure or place or on any real or personal property. This shall not be construed to prohibit the placement of temporary and easily removable chalk or other water-soluble markings on public or private streets, sidewalks or other paved surfaces incident to youth activities, such as hopscotch and various types of ball games, or any lawful business or activity.
A. 
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
GRAFFITI
The intentional marking, drawing or writing with paint, ink or another substance on, or the intentionally etching into, the physical property of another without the other person's consent.
PROPERTY
Any real or personal property and that which is affixed, incidental or appurtenant to real property, including but not limited to any premises, house, building, structure, fence, wall, sign or other public or private property.
B. 
Penalty. Any person who violates this section shall be subject to a penalty as set forth in Chapter 1.12, Issuance of Citations. In addition, any person who shall cause physical damage to or destroy any public property shall be liable for the costs of replacing or repairing such damaged or destroyed property. The parent or parents of any unemancipated minor child who violates said section may also be held liable for the cost of replacing or repairing such damaged or destroyed property in accordance with § 895.035, Wis. Stats.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1.01, Code Adoption)]
The purpose and intent of this section is to provide a procedure requiring the removal of graffiti from property within the Village of Grafton. Graffiti contributes to blight, deterioration to surrounding properties, and reduces the attractive physical qualities of neighborhoods, all to the detriment of the Village; constitutes a public nuisance and must be abated promptly to avoid the detrimental impact of graffiti on the Village, its residents and businesses and to protect the surrounding properties and neighborhoods. The existence of graffiti on any property within the Village is expressly declared to be a public nuisance as it affects the public health, safety and welfare.
A. 
Graffiti prohibited. No owner of any property within the Village may maintain or allow any graffiti to remain upon such property for a period of more than 15 days.
B. 
Penalty. Any person who violates this section shall be subject to a penalty as set forth in Chapter 1.12, Issuance of Citations. Each day in which a violation continues shall be determined a separate and distinct offense.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1.01, Code Adoption)]
C. 
If after 30 days the property owner or business manager, if owner is not accessible, has not removed said graffiti, the Village has the authority to remove the said graffiti and assess costs to the property tax roll.