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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