South Hill man fills potholes with pieces of clay pots

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by Othello Richards and KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 8, 2011 at 6:23 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 8 at 6:25 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A man living on Spokane’s South Hill is so fed up with the pot holes on his street, he is taking matters into his own hands.

Dale Ely lives on Thor Street between 26th and 27th.  The road is unpaved and covered in deep potholes.

Ely says he has called the Spokane Streets Department at least five times in the last six years asking crews to grade his street.

“Unfortunately, nothing has happened,” Ely said.

Mark Serbousek with the City Street Department tell KREM 2 city crews cannot grade the street because it is considered unimproved. That means the builder did not did not design it for drainage, and the road is not assessed in the homeowners’ property values.

Some homeowners have tried filling the potholes themselves with grass or rocks.

Ely prefers using pieces of old non-ceramic clay pots, which the City does not condone.

Instead, city officials say homeowners living on unimproved streets can form what is called a local improvement district. Together, they can pool money to have their street paved or graded.

Ely says his neighborhood council was approached with the idea about six years ago, but nothing happened. He suspects homeowners voted the idea down.

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