Council members voted unanimously on September 10 to prohibit paint or graffiti on the western rock face of He Mni Can-Barn Bluff. The City already has a graffiti policy that covers all public and private property, and the Council simply recommitted to enforcing the law, including at that particular spot. According to the current policy, graffiti is defined as “any writing, printing, mark, sign, symbol, figure, design, inscription, or other drawing scratched, scrawled, printed, drawn, or otherwise placed on any natural edifice, surface of a building, wall, sidewalk, sign, phone pole or train pole or any permanent structure on public or private property which has the effect of defacing the property.”
For decades the graffiti policy has covered privately owned property like homes, garages, and businesses, and publicly owned property such as signs, benches, park pavilions, and other bluff walls. However, for almost 60 years the City has not actively enforced the policy on this particular rock wall. That now will change.
When will enforcement of the policy start?
City staff will be covering the painted area before the weather gets too cold, sometime in October. As with all graffiti, the Public Works Department will begin covering any future graffiti with bluff-colored paint within 48 hours. If caught and convicted, the person(s) responsible will pay all costs associated with cleaning up the graffiti. City staff is currently researching ways to possibly remove all paint and bring the rock back to its natural state, but this decision will be made later based on cost and a Council decision.
Police will start enforcing park hours on the bluff, as well. The bluff closes at 10:30 p.m. This rule covers all City parks, including bluff parks like He Mni Can-Barn Bluff.