Next up: Fixing potholes

While the City of Warren should have enough salt to go around to get through the rest of the winter, there is one thing harder to combat with the constant freezing and thawing potholes.

The next 10 days are a microcosm of the problem. Temperatures will be in the 40s on Thursday and Friday, but back down to a low of 6 next Wednesday.

Warren City Council discussed the pot hole problem during Monday’s meeting.

“I have numerous calls asking ‘what we are going to do about it,'” Councilman Jim Zavinski said. “I assured them that DPW (Department of Public Works) is doing the best they can. We are working on it. It isn’t that we have forgotten about it.”

He said that in the 30 years he has been living in Warren that he has “never seen potholes like we have.”

“They’re everywhere,” said DPW Director Mike Holtz.

“Wait until the frost gets out of the ground, it is going to be bad,” Zavinski added.

“We’ll do the best we can,” said Mayor Maurice Cashman.

But Holtz said there really isn’t much that can be done because of the extreme temperature swings. “(We will) plug the big ones on Thursday and Friday,” he said.

As for salt, “We’re good at the moment,” said Holtz. “PennDOT gave us a couple hundred tons so we are in good shape. There was no money exchanged. When we get our salt, we will drop it off in their bin.”

“Our salt contractor cut us off,” he added. “It’s a state contract. We always go with the state contract because of the cost. We, the city, could never get the price for the salt if we bid it alone.” Still, he noted that the city was able to obtain the needed salt and it “didn’t cost the city anything.”