By Kelly Hobson, Ottawa Citizen
After the seventh time Laurie Kingston’s fence was tagged with spray paint this summer, her family was fed up.
“It was a collective groan about the work we were going to have to do,” said Kingston.
Each time a tag appeared on their fence at the corner of Bronson Avenue and Fourth Avenue, Kingston and her family received a notice from the city.
“The city sends you a note and gives you a deadline to paint over it,” Kingston said.
“If you don’t do it by that deadline, they come and do it. You have to pay for the labour and the paint, so of course you do it yourself.”
Kingston and her family spent several hours painting the fence each time. Often the spray paint needed to be scraped off, or required a second coat of paint. Kingston and her family would wait until the last day of the city’s deadline to paint, knowing the tags would reappear overnight.
Exhausted and running out of paint, Kingston turned to Capital ward Coun. David Chernushenko. His office helped Kingston submit a mural proposal to the city’s planning committee, asking to waive the bylaw that prohibits murals on residential properties.
The planning committee, including Chernushenko, approved the mural at a meeting Tuesday.