August 21, 2015 - 10:34 AM
KAMLOOPS — There are plans to have every graffiti covered mailbox in Kamloops clean before the end of September after Canada Post signed a three-year agreement with the city’s Graffiti Task Force.
Ronnie Bouvier with the Task Force says the agreement came after a communication failure between the city, Canada Post’s Ottawa office and the Kelowna company the crown corporation had hired to clean-up the graffiti.
The issue for this city was the graffiti covering mailboxes wasn’t getting cleaned off in a timely manner making for an unsightly downtown core.
Last month during a coordinated enforcement task force meeting, Mayor Peter Milobar commented the Crown corporation’s response to the city's graffiti concerns was to tell them to call a 1-800 service number.
Bouvier says it wasn't that Canada Post didn't want to deal with the issue. She says it was a communication breakdown.
“Miscommunication can really cause issues,” Bouvier says. "(Canada Post) was very apologetic for the miscommunication."
With the apology came $6,000 for supplies and a three-year contract, which means from now on the Graffiti Task Force will clean all tagged boxes. Bouvier hopes to have them all within the city taken care of by mid-September.
She says between Canada Post’s contractor and the Task Force, more than 100 boxes have been cleaned since July 30.
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