Residents Say Potholes Remain Big Problem

Residents who spoke out about a problem with potholes in Meridian in April 2009 say nothing significant has yet been done.

Specific complaints were made about the street in front of the Pilot Truck Stop and others on Davis Street.

"Somebody could get hurt," said Aaron Scarborough with Allied Systems in Meridian.

He said his company teamed up with two others from the South Industrial Park area to notify city and county officials about the problem.

Last June they sent a letter to city officials. Since then Scarborough says he has met with local government leaders, but little has changed.

"They patch the potholes, yeah," he said.

But when it rains, Scarborough says the problem gets worse as the potholes wash out. With all the rain we've had in recent weeks, he says these potholes are not just a nuisance but also dangerous.

Residents Newscenter 11 first talked to on Davis Street last spring agree.

"Me and her moved her mailbox all the way in so people won't continue to hit her mailbox, swerving to miss all these potholes," said resident Andrea Jenkins. "They haven't even tried to patch anything."

In April, Ward 2 councilwoman, Mary Perry, was also president of the council. She said Tuesday the ongoing problem is money.

"Right now there is no money for just paving in the city, but we're working on getting some money for paving," said Perry.

If the economy continues to improve, Perry says some paving projects could start sooner rather than later.

"I would say, maybe in about the next couple of years we will probably be able to do the paving in Meridian, maybe next year. I don't know," Perry said.

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  • by Say whaaaat? Location: Meridian on Oct 28, 2009 at 02:14 PM
    Pothole guy you cant be for real. Lets turn a blind eye to a cancer causing agent and fix the, oh wait im sorry, DA potholez. If you have 22 inch rims with rubberband tires dont complain you should have thought about the condition of your streets first.
  • by Shirley Location: Meridian on Oct 28, 2009 at 08:36 AM
    I think about all the money this city has spent on "structures"...parking garage, city hall, Three Ft. bldg., etc. and we can't do anything about our streets?? I am embarrassed as a Meridianite for visitors to see the shape our streets are in; let alone what we locals must navigate, driving to be safe. Shame on us!
  • by pot hole Location: da ssipp on Oct 28, 2009 at 07:45 AM
    mayor barry needa fix dem pot holes cuz we need dem pot holez fixed not da highway 39 or da 22nd ave bridge or helpn da red cross or bringin in new businss to da city or helpn out boyz n gilz club. pot holez! thats all. fix pot holes dont fix da aspestos in public bildins or anything. just fix potholes.
  • by Meridian Citizen Location: Meridian on Oct 28, 2009 at 07:31 AM
    I have cracked 2 very expensive rims because of the city's pothole problem (you dodge one you hit another). . . they need to do something about it . . .it's getting to be very expensive driving down these city streets!
  • by voter Location: Meridian on Oct 28, 2009 at 04:36 AM
    The people of meridian need to rally and demand the city quit wasting money and correct the bare essentials to a city (streets). The voters ptu them in office you can take them out. Waiting two years should be a disgrace and Perry should be ashamed to have said that. It shows how the city is run. If you are a good ole boy or girl you get what you want irrelevant of need. Then the work that needs attention does not get addressed. When vehicles get damaged the city needs to pay because they are neglecting the issue. Residents take the city to court for neglect, they know it is bad since they admitted it on the news but are going to wait up to two years to do anything. Its funny that they waste money on pet projects. Wait and see the city will spend thousands of dollars on fireworks this holiday season. Instead of blowing the money up on fireworks why not fix the streets? Wait and see.
  • by Anonymous Location: Lauderdale on Oct 28, 2009 at 03:57 AM
    Maybe the city should transfer the money from the Threefoot building to fix the potholes. The Meridian streets are horrible. If people would start asking the city to pay for their tires to be repaired or replaced and had proof that a pothole caused the damage, I bet they would find money to repair the roads.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 27, 2009 at 06:13 PM
    Mayor Barry spending it on her office and Three foot Building.
  • by earliep Location: meridian on Oct 27, 2009 at 04:20 PM
    I'm a concerned citizen. I pay taxes. I own three vehicles and I pay property taxes. There are potholes on Paulding Street between 40th and 44th Avenue; Fifth Street (entire); 41st Avenue between Paulding and Fifth. There are houses that have been abandoned, burned, falling down and I'd like to know where are the taxes I pay going? There are streets in Meridian (north Meridian) that have been paved several times and I still have not seen my tax dollars at work in my neighborhood. The mayor and the city council; county supervisors and any one else of "power" here in Meridian need to come through my neighborhood and explain to me where my tax dollars are going? Come check it out Mrs. Mayor and posse. Mary Perry said on the news tonight that maybe in two years...what gives??????
  • by wayne Location: meridian on Oct 27, 2009 at 04:07 PM
    fix all potholes bucause it busted my tires tha other day, and it gets expensive!!!!
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