Downtown Rifle graffiti clean up funding help available |

Downtown Rifle graffiti clean up funding help available

Mike McKibbin
Citizen Telegram Editor

While Rifle police continue to investigate a rash of graffiti vandalism incidents in the last few months, the Downtown Development Authority is offering financial help to businesses in its district to clean up graffiti on their property.

Police arrested Joshua Brown, 18, of Rifle, on Dec. 19 on suspicion of criminal mischief, after more than 50 instances of graffiti vandalism were reported between Dec. 2-10. He may be responsible for causing at least some of an estimated $10,000 to $20,000 in damage to private and public property.

However, a “handful” of more graffiti vandalism, including the E. Dene Moore Care Center, 701 E. Fifth St., was reported in recent weeks, said police Lt. J.R. Boulton.

Police Chief John Dyer said investigators have suspects in the latest round of incidents, but could not release any details.

Meanwhile, DDA Executive Director Helen Rogers said $4,000 is available to help businesses within the district boundaries, to help clean up graffiti.

“We’ve done this in the past when this pops up or during the annual spring clean up,” she said. “But we felt this needed to be addressed.”

Businesses within the district — bounded roughly by Sixth Street to the north, White River Avenue to the east, the Colorado River to the south and Park Avenue to the west — interested in seeking funds to help with clean up should contact City Manager Matt Sturgeon at 665-6400.

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