§ 132.01  PURPOSE.
   (A)   The City Council finds and declares that the defacing of public and private property by painting, drawing, writing, etching or carving, by use of paint, spray paint, ink, knife or any similar method, commonly referred to as “graffiti vandalism,” constitutes a serious and growing menace, injurious to the public health, safety, morals and general welfare of the residents of the city; that graffiti vandalism may contribute substantially to the spread of gang activity, violence, crime and deterioration of property values; and that prompt eradication of graffiti vandalism is necessary to control the spread of graffiti vandalism, and to promote the public health, safety, morals and general welfare of the residents of the city.
   (B)   The Council declares its intention to minimize and to quickly remove graffiti to limit its adverse impact on neighborhoods. Graffiti is declared to be a public nuisance and a public health and safety hazard for purposes of Minn. Stat. § 429.101(1)(c), as it may be amended from time to time.
(2001 Code, § 2020.03)