Official: Pothole Problem to Be Fixed Within 60 Days

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CLEVELAND- Angry members of Cleveland city council squared off against a member of the Jackson administration over neighborhood potholes at a Monday morning meeting of the Municipal Services and Properties Committee.

"The Public Works Department has become a jack of all trades and a master of none," said Councilman Michael Polensek, while addressing Director Michael Cox from the Department of Public Works.

"I want to know what they're doing?” he said, questioning Cox as to why utility cuts made to Cleveland’s roadways by utility companies don’t hold up as they appear to in suburban communities.

Repair crews began filling potholes on Cleveland’s main streets in January, using cold patch asphalt as a temporary solution until hot asphalt became available in March.

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Crews have made emergency repairs to some side streets, but did not commit to a full-time schedule in the neighborhoods until last Thursday.

Councilman Brian Cummins complained to Cox about the lack of responsiveness from the Department of Public Works to his repeated emails and calls on behalf of his constituents.

"I have no reasonable response to them because you're not giving me a reasonable response," he said angrily.

Cummins told Cox the information he’s been repeatedly disseminating about the number of increased crews and the amount of asphalt laid over the last months no longer has any meaning.

He insisted the public be given a schedule as to when potholes would be repaired in their neighborhoods.

"The residents of the city of Cleveland, as of today, have no idea, when they're going to be completed,” said Cummins.

The Director said primary roadways were tackled first with a total of four thousand tons of asphalt laid by the end of last week.

"Some of the councilmen that have spoken up, have had residential streets done," he told Fox8.

Cox said his crews have been working diligently and are now beginning to repair the side streets more than a month ahead of schedule—and according to plan.

"The plan is what we're doing, is systematically go through the city, fix the residential streets, as we're doing right now, and stay to that plan, that's our plan," he said.

He told council members the repair of neighborhood streets would be completed within 45-to-60 days.