Interested citizens are invited to attend a public forum on a proposed graffiti ordinance conducted by the San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department and the Beautification Commission. The forum will be on Monday from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Activity Center, 501 East Hopkins Street.
The ordinance under discussion is posted online at www.sanmarcostx.gov/cityhall/beautification/. Residents are encouraged to attend and offer their comments.
Light refreshments at the open house detailing the beautification efforts, starting at 7 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., the commission will start the meeting and open the floor to public comments. Attendees wishing to speak during the public comment portion must sign up as they enter the meeting and comments are limited to three minutes per person.
The proposed ordinance would prohibit graffiti implements in schools, public grounds and buildings and other locations, near underpasses, bridges, overpasses, storm drains or similar structures, or on private property without the consent of the owner.
It also requires those who apply graffiti to remove it and restore property to its original condition or face being charged with an offense for every day that the person fails to remove the graffiti.
In addition, the ordinance will allow parents and guardians of children ages 10-17 to be charged with an offense if they “intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence” allow the child who has previously received one or more citations for violations of this section to violate the graffiti ordinance.
“We encourage all interested citizens to attend the hearing and offer their suggestions and comments,” said William Ford, Assistant Director of Community Services at Parks & Recreation. “Our goal is to create an ordinance that can serve as a guide for controlling graffiti in San Marcos.”
After the public hearing, the beautification committee will discuss consideration. The city’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will be instructed to make comments during the public hearing process.
Individuals who require auxiliary aids and services for the hearing should contact the City of San Marcos ADA Coordinator at 393-8244 (voice) or 393-8229 (TDD).