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Perrysburg to spend more fixing potholes

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Perrysburg is scrambling to fix roads.  The dilemma is do the work now or do it later.

Doing the work now could keep the cracks from growing.  Doing the work later will likely cost more as more extensive repairs would be needed.

Perrysburg City Council is being asked to transfer $1 million from the rainy day budget to fix potholes.

This winter spared no street.  Some streets in Perrysburg are still snow and ice covered.  But those with bare pavement are showing signs of wear.

Spider vain cracks would not be considered a big deal, in Toledo.  But in Perrysburg, they look at it a different way.  The city sees road cracks as potential problems in the future so they figure take care of them now and you can save money.

"This was baptism by snow within hours of being sworn in."

Perrysburg's new mayor knows this is a quality of life issue.

Mike Olmstead knows people want to live in Perrysburg because the government takes care of cracks before they become canyons.

So he is asking Perrysburg council members to take $1-million from the rainy day fund to fill potholes caused by snow.

Olmstead told 13 abc's Bill Hormann, "I'm convinced that this is a need as it's money well spent."

In all, the city will spend $1.9 million on the city's residential streets.

Councilman Todd Grayson supports spending that money and he sees a benefit to doing the work this year.

Grayson says, "The winter has shed a little light on a larger problem and maybe allowing us to catch it before it gets to a point where we can't catch up."

Crews will conduct core samples of the roads to determine which need some surface repair ocal cover and which need more serious repair.

Perrysburg councilmembers will likely approve the $1-million transfer in a couple weeks.  Work on the roads should start in the summer and be finished by fall.

Perrysburg's annual city budget is $25-million and $2-million will be spent on roads this year.

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