Both electric vehicle chargers owned by the City of Grand Forks were destroyed last weekend. (Facebook/City of Grand Forks)

Both electric vehicle chargers owned by the City of Grand Forks were destroyed last weekend. (Facebook/City of Grand Forks)

Weekend vandalism ruins both Grand Forks’ electric vehicle chargers

City official who filed report to RCMP says other city property was also vandalized

Grand Forks City Hall filed a complaint with city RCMP Wednesday, Sept. 9, after the city’s electric vehicle (EV) charging stations were knocked out in a spree of vandalism over the Labour Day weekend, according to a City Hall official.

City staff discovered the broken EV stations at City Hall and Gyro Park on the mornings of Friday, Sept. 4 and Tuesday, Sept. 8, according to Grand Forks’ utilities manager. Each station is worth around $5,000 and will cost yet more money for the city to re-install.

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The utilities manager couldn’t say when either of the EV stations will come back online.

Damage to library, street lamp

City staff also found extensive vandalism to a plug-in wall socket at the Grand Forks and District public library and to a nearby street lamp standard.

“It was just pure vandalism,” the utilities manager said.

In both instances, he said that someone had pulled out electrical wiring, making no apparent bid to salvage any wire or metal.

Meanwhile, City Hall hasn’t confirmed that any of these incidents were linked, or if more than one person was responsible.

RCMP respond

Grand Forks RCMP attended the destroyed EV charger at Gyro Park Tuesday, afternoon, detachment commander Sgt. Darryl Peppler confirmed.

The Gazette will update this story as Mounties continue their investigation.


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