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September 4, 2012 > Letter to the Editor: Graffiti removal

Letter to the Editor: Graffiti removal

In early July, I submitted a request to the City of Fremont to remove graffiti on the city-owned brick building at the corner of Peralta & Dusterberry and the wall adjacent to Dusterberry as you cross the railroad tracks traveling east. I received no answer and resubmitted my request on August 1st. On August 3rd, I received a phone call from the Fremont Maintenance Department and was told that a work order was written to remove the graffiti from the city owned building but the wall belonged to Union Pacific. They gave me a phone number to call to tell them about the wall problem which I did.

During this call I was told that this was a sound wall, not under the jurisdiction of Union Pacific and to call the city and tell them that the wall was a sound wall - the city's or the Home Owners Association responsibility. I contacted the graffiti person from the city by phone and told her what Union Pacific told me. She told me that she would have to speak to her supervisor.

On August 8th, I received an email from Eldred Nethercott, COF - Maintenance Services:

Hello Larry,

The first item - graffiti on the City owned brick bldg at the corner of Peralta & Dusterberry, someone reported it too and a work order was initiated. Re: 2nd item, graffiti on the wall by the railroad tracks nearest Dusterberry, this was checked and found this is private, HOA - Home Owners Association responsibility. So whoever lives in this area should notify their HOA to clean up the graffiti on the walls. City will not clean.

Eldred Nethercott
COF - Maintenance Svcs

As you can read, what he told me to do is to go to the housing development on the other side of the wall and try to find out how to contact the representative of the HOA and then try to convince him/her to paint the wall on the opposite side of their housing development. In my opinion, this is passing the buck.

I feel that the city should have a contact number of the HOA and a quick call should resolve the problem. To me it is the city's responsible to contact responsible parties, not its citizens. I emailed my concerns back to Eldred Nethercott on August 8th with copies to the Mayor and City Council. As of August 20th, no response from anyone and the graffiti remains on the sound wall.

Larry Borges

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