Volunteers Set to Tackle Waterloo Potholes

By Forrest Saunders, Reporter

WATERLOO, Iowa - A former city council member has rallied a group of volunteers to help city crews fix the unusually large number of potholes winter weather put in Waterloo streets.

"Particularly brutal, yeah. Usually every winter we have certain streets that, just because of the traffic flow, just because they retain moisture, have a problem. But this year, it's everywhere," said City Councilman Steve Schmitt.

Electrician, and past city councilman, Scott Jordan, has gathered volunteers for pothole repairs a few times since the mid-90s. After taking a few years off, he decided this winter's pothole problem was bad enough to warrant a return of his services.

"You know, I go to a lot of places during the day and after I jarred my teeth a few times and spilled my coffee, I decided it's time," said Jordan.

Jordan's first step has been talking with residents on the phone to make a map of the worst potholes in Waterloo. Then, he'll gather a group of about 16 volunteers, who'll spend the next two Saturdays filling holes with donated cold mix asphalt.

"We just clean the holes, dump it in there, pack it down, and we're off to the next one," said Jordan.

Jordan said in two days they'll have temporarily fixed hundreds of potholes. He estimated the city will save more than $20,000. Plus, Jordan said motorists will get a smoother ride until permanent road patches can be made in April.

Waterloo city officials called the effort a big help for their road crews, who have been busy with ice and snow removal.

"There's just so many hours in the day. With the number of streets we've got, it's just not reasonable that they can keep up with everything. Then, we get another snow storm. It's just been a crazy winter," said Schmitt.

Jordan said if you want to help by volunteering or want to report a pothole, dial this number: (319) 232-6870.
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