During the overnight hours between Sunday, September 12 and Monday, September 13, 2021, the Town of Creston’s Town Hall was vandalized with red paint thrown on the front doors, concrete steps and railings.
“This was extremely disappointing to see first thing yesterday morning. Personally, I don’t know how anyone could think that vandalizing a building helps their cause. This simply accomplishes nothing except costing the Town money to clean up and repair the damages”, remarked Mayor Toyota. “Although we can only speculate what issue the vandal is protesting, the timing coincides with the start of the Provincial Health Officer’s mandate of proof of vaccination to access some events, services and businesses. Even if it is for some other reason, the act of damaging public or private property to express your displeasure is simply a criminal act.”
Town of Creston crews began the tedious process of removing the paint from the front doors and steps early yesterday morning. Although from a distance it appears that the paint has been cleaned up, it has actually stained and damaged the front doors. The Town will repaint the doors in the coming days to cover the remaining paint stains.
“We feel confident that this damaged isn’t caused by an individual just ‘pulling a prank’ as there is evidence of a more calculated plan to damage our municipal hall”, commented Chief Administrative Officer Michael Moore. “It is disheartening that someone could justify damaging property, regardless of the reason”.
Earlier this year, a large section of the front entry stairs to Town Hall was replaced. Unfortunately, the new concrete now has red stains across the stairs that likely can’t be removed.
Anyone with information related to the vandalism at Town Hall is encouraged to contact the RCMP at 250-428-9313.