Ohio city mobilizing against graffiti problem

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — One of Ohio’s big cities has come up with a new way to clean up its image.

Toledo’s mayor this past week showed off a new mobile graffiti fighting crew.

Workers travel the city in a brightly painted van equipped with a power washer and a supply of cleaning chemicals to combat graffiti.

Mayor Mike Bell says graffiti markings make the city look bad and that it’s important to clean them up.

The Blade newspaper (http://bit.ly/12JhWUe ) in Toledo reports that the graffiti crew is being funded by federal grant as well as private donations from Sherwin-Williams Co. and Kuhlman Corp.

City leaders say the graffiti cleanup crew will spend the summer driving around Toledo looking for graffiti to wipe out.

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Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/

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