Streets need patched

City street foreman: “This has been our worst year”
Andy Ouriel
Mar 1, 2014


It’s bad enough people have dealt with a seemingly never-ending winter.

But beyond bone-chilling temperatures and total snowfall levels capable of burying full-grown adults while standing, commuters and their cars also feel the pain. By the thousands, potholes have invaded Sandusky’s streets.    Ranging in size from golf balls to watermelons and even sandbags, massive pits splitting streets have burdened both drivers and city street workers these past couple of months.

“This has been our worst year,” said city street foreman Art Straub, who has worked in the department for about 35 years.

Street workers have gone through about $10,300 of cold patch, an asphalt mix to temporarily fill potholes, this winter, up almost triple the amount from a year ago.

The cold patch — think of a Band-Aid street solution — did help eight full-time employees fill about 2,700 potholes thus far in 2014. It takes anywhere from 1 minute to 15 minutes to fill a pothole.

But the 2,700 filled road gaps represent only a small portion of the whole problem. As of today, Straub estimates another 5,400 potholes remain on city streets.

“They are just everywhere” Straub said. “We had one (Thursday) that was over 6 foot around and 8 inches deep”

Street workers must quickly fix potholes when notified by community members of their whereabouts.

If workers neglect these requests, then community members sustaining damage or injury from a previously reported pothole can receive a reimbursement — or possibly sue the city — for their troubles.

“If a pothole we know about flattens someone’s tire or messes with a car’s alignment, we have an obligation to pay for that,” city commissioner Dick Brady said. “Our residents should have a reasonable expectation that when they travel on our streets, they will not have the fillings in their teeth knocked out”


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The Hero Zone

As citizens we should do our part to report these potholes in a timely and civil manner. While not mentioned here, I presume Mr. Straub doesn't mind repeated calls (from different people) and that we shouldn't presume someone else has reported a pothole already?

On the city website ( if you look halfway down the right side there is a pothole report notification.

Phone: 419.627.5881

With city services limited but willing to step up, we need to be their eyes and ears and alert them to what needs attention. It really is a partnership! Thanks to all the people in the Street Department for doing what you have done. There's a lot of potholes out there as well as other work you do that we interact with every day but may not actively realize.


Hero, there are a lot of potholes, or there is a pothole out there.

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The Hero Zone

I'll see you and raise that "many" is more proper to use than "a lot".


'There's 'a lot' of potholes out there...'

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The Hero Zone

That was my point. I was offering humor in the form of me "correcting" someone correcting me by correcting myself. I didn't think it was that subtle...

From the Grave

Let's just fix them sonsofabitches.

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The Hero Zone

Ah ken yer words. Fer once we oughtta be a tar-nation. Reckon?! Haw haw haw!

But seriously, I think people are pretty tire-d of the roads. To fix them must be exhaust-ive work.


That sort of humor deserves the most severe pun-ishment.


Grammar Police!

1) The car needs to be repaired.

2) The car needs repairing.

3) The car needs repaired. Is grammatically incorrect.

From the Grave

The fact that the streets need to be repaired is really obvious, too.

Stop It

Cars and roads don't 'need' anything. The people that drive in them and on them do.

Cars and roads 'require' maintenance to be viable.

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The Hero Zone

Reminds me of a few other lessons:

Turkeys are done. People are finished.

"I" before "e" except after "c" or when sounding like "eh" as in "neighbor" or "weigh". And on weekends and holidays and all throughout May. And you'll always be wrong no matter what you say!

Here's one of my favorite bits, too, so if you have seven minutes and a witty chuckle to spare:

Stop It

Yeah HZ. I have always enjoyed how Gallagher and George Carlin messed with our language and spelling. Good stuff.


But "streets need patched?"


Headlines need edited.


Streets need PATCHING


March is "Annoy the Literate" month.


Thank you for listing the correct information, SanduskyStrong. That was my first thought when reading the headline. The reporters at the Sandusky Register need to be further educated as they are not as smart as they believe themselves to be. It's a shame that they can't get past their attempts at being clever.


Had anyone noticed the crews do not tamp the cold patch after they fill the hole? I watched one crew pat it with the back of the shovel. If no cars drive over it they may as well throw it in the grass! Would it kill someone to do it properly?

Stop It

cold patch will last a week tops even if one used a heavy roller. It's a frippin' band-aid on a gaping wound.

T. A. Schwanger


How about this for an idea.

If money is tight and the majority of the License Plate Fees go to salaries (city commission minutes), we go back to a practice from the 1970s and fill the potholes on McCartney, Pipe, and Gartland Ave., to name a few deplorable streets, and then "tar and chip seal" at half the cost of mill and pave.


100% AGREE ! If the street does not have curbs...TAR & CHIP em. Look at the number of streets that could get done this spring at a fraction of the cost. This would make more residence happy. But then again, it is something different so the establishment won't like it!

Dwight K.

Could always fix it right the first time could help


They need to actually fill the potholes the correct way and stop just putting loose gravel or tar in them!! The crap they are throwing in the holes is coming right back out as soon as people drive over them!!! These streets are ridiculous, and have probably caused damage to alot of vehicles!!!


I don't think they have enough cold patch to fix pipe street.




We'll if ur reading this get over to Woodlawn ave

T. A. Schwanger


How about this for an idea.

If money is tight and the majority of the License Plate Fees go to salaries (city commission minutes), we go back to a practice from the 1970s and fill the potholes on McCartney, Pipe, and Gartland Ave., to name a few deplorable streets, and then "tar and chip seal" at half the cost of mill and pave.



How about this for an idea?

This isn't a second rate city and we don't deserve second rate streets.

Raise the admission tax to a rate comparable to other tourist destination cities.


A fully staffed safety service force.

Great parks for recreation and enjoyment of nature.

Smooth streets, curbs and sidewalks.

Trees planted in abundance. And maintained.

Gee, that wasn't so hard.

T. A. Schwanger



I can't say I disagree with you.

However, if City Commission agrees to increase the Amusement Admissions tax, and I don't think they will, it will be a token increase similar to the proposed increase in 2009---25% increase at approximately $500,000 yearly at the same time a 25% increase in the income tax at $1.5 million yearly was proposed.

In the great circle called the budget, two issues are evident--the City is in severe debt because of ill-advised spending in the distant and immediate past, some of which was unfunded state/fed mandates, but much of the debt can be attributed locally. The Housing Rehab Scandal, the City Service Complex, originally estimated a $1 million but grew to millions over budget, Central Fire Station debt, general fund spending for the Transit System which was to be self-sustaining and most recently, probable forgiveness of infrastructure assessments, at the tune of $1 million plus, for the Joe Yost Cold Creek Crossings Housing Development.

While a $4 million General Fund Carryover Balance going into 2014 (25% of the $16 million operating budget) is commendable, it's time to spend some of the carryover on essential city services. Not too many years ago, the carryover balance was %16 of the $16 million operating budget and the City did not go into bankruptcy.

2009 Admissions Tax item #3


How or can citizens place the Admissions Tax increase to 8% on the Ballot without the City Commission?

The Big Dog's back

Raise the business tax since trucks are the major cause of street deterioration.

Darwin's choice

Really dog? Maybe by the porch your tied up to!


He resides in a basement and uses mom's car.
But he should know vehicle traffic from his many years working the drive thru window.