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March 1, 2014

Potholes becoming a city target

BY JOE OLENICK joe.olenick@lockportjournal.com
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The City of Lockport will be asking the state Department of Transportation for help with making repairs to South Transit Street, Mayor Anne E. McCaffrey told the Common Council this week.

With Transit being a state road, major repair needs would fall to the state DOT, McCaffrey said. A letter will be sent requesting the assistance with potholes or resurfacing of the road.

McCaffrey said she is working with Norman Allen, director of engineering, on a plan to deal with the excessive potholes flooding city streets. A rating of which streets need attention the most is also being put together.

”Potholes are pretty much our number one priority,” she told the Common Council on Wednesday. “Norm and I are going to come up with a plan to work on this immediately, it’s difficult right now with the weather and certainly our budget doesn’t help. But we are going to work on this immediately... we have a lot of work to do.”

Common Council President Joseph C. Kibler instructed members to let Allen know about any major potholes, specially ones that a person would “disappear if you went into them.”

Third Ward Alderwoman Kathryn Fogle said she suggested to city workers the idea of using sand in pothole repairs. The idea is to top off the repaired pothole with a layer of sand, so to keep the repair in place. Vehicles driving over potholes repaired with the “cold patch” often knock the repairs loose. Fogle said she got the idea from City Clerk Richelle J. Pasceri.

”It’s actually staying,” Fogle said. “I had them put a layer of sand on top of the cold patch so it doesn’t stick to the tires and fly out everywhere... that’s what the county does.”

When asked if potholes could be filled with stone or some other material, City Attorney John Ottaviano said a pothole can be filled with anything “short of Jell-O.”

”Anything is better than an open hole,” he said.

Residents can report potholes by calling Allen’s secretary at 433-1267, or by notifying the police.

In another city matter Wednesday, McCaffrey informed the Council that the license plate LP1 will not be available to anyone after the city auctions off the mayor’s official car. The mayor said earlier this week she wants to sell the 2009 Dodge Charger.

“The county clerk will hold the license plate LP1 until some future Lockport mayor wants it,” McCaffrey said.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.