Midland Woman Frustrated With City Graffiti Policy

Midland Woman Frustrated With City Graffiti Policy

By Alexa Williams
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - A Midland woman is not happy after her fence was vandalized with graffiti but she said what happened after was even worse. The city mailed her a letter saying it had to be cleaned up in 10 days.

"It's frustrating! With all the crime that's going on and you're going to concentrate on what the graffiti on my house looks like," Rachel Conejo, a victim of home vandalism, said.

Conejo said her fence was vandalized about a month ago, but on Tuesday, she got a letter from the city that said the graffiti needed to be cleaned up.

"I mean I'm not happy it got vandalized. I paid $5,000 for this fence. I don't want it vandalized but I'm not responsible for what mindless individuals do to other property," Conejo said.

The city said they'll clean up the mess all they need is the homeowners consent. But Rachel claimed it's just not that easy.

Rachel also received another letter in the mail. It explained that the City of Midland or a third party contractor will take care of the graffiti. But the letter goes on to say if something goes wrong while trying to fix someone's property, the city isn't liable.

"I'm not going to sign something over to the city saying it's okay if you do a crappy job. I can't do anything about it. If I don't like it, I still have to ultimately repair for it myself," Conejo said.

But the city said those clauses are included to protect taxpayers.

"If somebody turned around and wasn't happy with the work that we did, they thought the stain was off or they thought that we ruined their fence in trying to fix it so anyone can take legal action against the city so we want to protect the taxpayer from having to pay for that," Sara Bustilloz, with the City of Midland, said.

Midland also said they're willing to work with people and give them extra time. All they need to do is call. 

"The letter is not a ticket. That's a big misconception that a lot of people have. The letter is just a way to start that line of communication with the resident to say 'hey, we noticed that you have a problem, we'd like to talk to you about it,'" Bustilloz said.