LORAIN, Ohio (WJW) — A couple of frustrated Lorain ratepayers, upset with the pace of pothole repairs by the city, have decided to take matters into their own hands.
Richard Rice says he and his friend Rick McKnight got tired of trying to navigate the obstacle course of potholes in their neighborhood, so they decided to buy and mix their own concrete and started to fill in the holes.
Rice told Fox 8, “I got tired of pulling into my driveway and you know boom, boom, boom. It would just be a better run city if you did the right thing and I thought I would step in and do the right thing.
Neighbors call Richard Rice and Rick McKnight civic heroes.
“What a great commitment to our community, yes I thought, great neighbors, great people, reaching out and doing things to help,” said Alan Brailer.
Lorain Mayor Jack Bradley said claims on social media that he told residents the town didn’t have enough money to fix the potholes are completely untrue. Bradley says the city has tried to tackle the problem by dedicating a number of street crews to repairs and producing the city’s supply of bitumen. But the mayor says not everyone will be happy.
“Basically, when I talk to groups of citizens, I usually start with potholes, potholes, potholes, potholes! I like to tell people facetiously that they are actually reverse speed bumps,” he said.
And while Mayor Bradley appreciates Rice and McKnight’s proactive approach, he’s asking residents to allow city workers to do their jobs.
“You know, you might think you’re a good Samaritan, but if someone’s car is damaged because of the work you’ve done, I wouldn’t want to hold you to any liability,” he said. -he declares.
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