- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

BILLERICA, Mass. (AP) - A member of the Billerica select board got so frustrated by delays in painting crosswalks in town that he took matters into his own hands and painted them himself.

Now he faces arrest.

George Simolaris, a painter by trade and an advocate for pedestrian safety, used green deck paint on five crosswalks in the town center this weekend.

The town’s Public Works Department power-washed the fresh paint off the roads on Sunday.

Simolaris says he expects to be arrested.

Deputy Roy Frost tells The Sun of Lowell that police are investigating whether charges are warranted.

Town Manager John Curran tells WFXT-TV a town bylaw prohibits the use of green paint in those crosswalks, and says at the very least Simolaris might have to pay for the cost of the cleanup.



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