Filling the pothole problem: I-Team learns of Cleveland’s fix

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CLEVELAND, Ohio-- The FOX 8 I TEAM has learned the City of Cleveland is looking to bring in a private company to help fill in potholes again, and the contract could be approved in days.

For at least the last two years, the city has brought in the "Pothole Killer." Last year's contract was for $250 per hour up to 1000 hours.

The city recently asked for bids on another contract for up to 1000 hours. Cleveland has been putting out 8 city crews daily to fix potholes.

But drivers are quick to point out many roads still have craters.

Councilman Mike Polensek said, "Am I in support of bringing in a pothole killer, whatever you want to call it? Doggone right."

However, the councilman wonders: why keep hiring an outside company year after year?

Polensek added, "Since we're spending so much money on this, why aren't we buying the apparatus? Why aren't we getting the patch-mobile like we used to have in the city of Cleveland?"

Last year, the I TEAM went undercover. We exposed city pothole crews spending lots of time standing around, or sitting around, just doing nothing. The city promised to make its own crews more efficient with less equipment just parked at job sites.

Cleveland City Hall not commenting yet on the plan to hire an outside contractor to help with potholes.

A city board could consider the contract as soon as Wednesday.

*Read more on our pothole investigations here*