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April 2, 2014

City pothole blitz starts Monday

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — A pothole blitz of the city roads in the worst condition is expected to start Monday, Mayor Anne E. McCaffrey told the Common Council.

Three crews totaling 15 to 20 city workers will start patching next week barring any extreme weather event, the mayor said Wednesday. The aim will be the streets in the worst condition as determined by McCaffrey and Engineering Director Norman Allen.

“We’re going to allocate all the streets guys to the blitz,” McCaffrey said.

Workers will use hot patch asphalt and pavement rollers. Some of those streets include Davison Road, Chestnut, North Transit and Main streets. Also on that list are the four roads that are near Lockport High School, Lincoln Avenue, Willow, Pine and Locust streets. Other streets will be handled when time allows.

And the city has an agreement with New York concerning work on Transit, McCaffrey said.

"We do all the typical maintenance,” the mayor said

McCaffrey said the department isn't expecting any overtime costs, as the workers are being assigned to street repair duty in lieu of other tasks. The beginning of this week focused on tree trimming and brush pickup.

• In another matter, McCaffrey said the Council's meeting with attorney Brian Doyle was pushed back to Tuesday. Doyle was to report on his investigation into the use of former mayor Michael W. Tucker’s city credit card to pay over $9,000 in expenses related to a golf tournament fundraiser for the Youth and Recreation Department.

The Common Council will hold its Committee of the Whole work session meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, at which time they will meet with Doyle. The personnel committee meets at 4 p.m., just before the work session.

In light of the ruckus caused by the city charge cards, McCaffrey directed Treasurer Michael White's office to destroy them and have city departments use purchasing cards instead.

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