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July 10, 2014

Potholes and oversights bring bumps

We have received a number of comments regarding our discussion on potholes in last week’s column. And most of them were in agreement that the potholes are indeed a problem. 

In fact, one reader, who sent us an e-mail, noted in no uncertain terms that “the pothole crisis’ is symptomatic of many issues that go uncovered, unrecognized and unattended.”

We also received an e-mail from a member of the Village Board of Trustees who hastened to point out that she “just wanted to clarify that what the streets committee and trustees took  ‘no action’ on was not repairing potholes but rather the purchase or lease of a new piece of equipment, either a Dura Patcher or Pot Hole Killer, that recently came to our attention and would change the way we correct potholes. These use ‘spray patching’ rather than traditional filling techniques. We took more action because we are awaiting a demonstration.”

We thanked the board member for the information and pointed out that we had understood that from the article. However, we also thought it was not, given the winter, as if the potholes were not expected. And we suspect much of the frustration with the issue comes from the fact that repair of the potholes has not seemed to have been undertaken in a timely fashion. How unfortunate it is that it seems the new technique was not brought to the board’s attention until mid-May making it indeed most unfortunate that the technique was not investigated early on instead of waiting until well into the spring and now seemingly into the summer.

Of course, we also do wonder, if there was a “fixing of the potholes” plan in place before mid-May, was it simply scrapped on the assumption that leaving the potholes for months would not matter while the new techniques for fixing the ubiquitous potholes were debated. Our fear, given the speed at which the wheels of government can turn, that we will find ourselves adding next year’s potholes to the mix before this year’s receive any attention. 

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