by Lisa Tome
A slight weekend warming trend brought what is normally a spring and summer crime to downtown Cecilton.
A paint-wielding graffiti artist vandalized the rear and side of the town maintenance building between Friday and Monday (weekend of January 10-11).
Town of Cecilton maintenance supervisor Jay Paxson, who will be responsible for removing the mess, once the weather permits the work, said he has learned to expect such a thing. But it usually comes later in the year.
"We've had to do it before," said Paxson.
What seems to work best (for removing it) is priming it with Kills and then going back over it," said Paxson.
The town maintenance shop isn't the only target. Cecilton's water treatment plant currently has graffiti on it, some as high as 15 feet up. "We've tried everything with that - pressure washing, graffiti remover. This burns me up," said Paxson.
The latest graffiti is some sort of encrypted letters. "It's nothing I've ever seen before. I can't make it out," he said.
Paxson filed a report regarding the most recent incident with DFC Michael Kalinsky from the Cecil Sheriff's Office. "It's an interruption of my day and the deputy's day. He has to go to Elkton to file the report," said Paxson.
He said he generally expects some acts of malicious destruction in spring and summer. He said that five or six times per year, vandals strike at the maintenance shop and at the ballfields behind the shop. He said in one instance, he repainted the shed at the ballfields to hide graffiti. By the next day, the new paint had been peeled off.
"I don't get it. I guess they've got nothing better to do. They tear up the shed, the baseball fields, and the park pavilion," added Paxson.