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Jokes aside about axle-cracking potholes; hot asphalt plant opens Monday to provide better help

In City Hall, Justin Shields, Mayor Kay Halloran on April 17, 2008 at 1:05 pm

District 5 council member Justin Shields last night told city staff members that he had heard reports from City Hall that city crews had been doing a wonderful job citywide filling potholes.

“How did the southwest side get left out,” Shields, who represents the city’s southwest quadrant, asked a little facetiously. “It’s not that hard to miss them,” he said of the potholes in his district.

Constituents fill up his phone message system nightly barking about the axle-breaking openings, he said.

City manager Jim Prosser assured Shields that the city does not fill potholes by geographic priority except in front of the homes of council members. Those get filled last, he said.

Mayor Kay Halloran said the big hole in front of her house has a name for it: Jim Prosser.

In fairness, Prosser said, a lot of potholes do “literally pop up overnight.”

He encouraged citizens to let the city know and crews would be out. The number to call is 286-5826.

The city manager noted, too, that city crews have been filling potholes with temporary patches, which can fail pretty quickly, he said.

Better repairs will come when the lone hot asphalt plant in the city opens for the season.

Public Works Director Dave Elgin reported that the plant owner, LL Pelling Co. Inc. of North Liberty, intends to fire up its Cedar Rapids asphalt plant Monday.


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