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Potholes Pave the Way to Budget Fight

By Emily Cassulo
By ecassulo@wbbjtv.com

Leaders in Rutherford are split over whether to pave part of one pot-holed covered road, and will vote in a special-called meeting Monday night.

Some residents told 7 Eyewitness News they would rather the city fix the potholes on several roads in town, instead of just re-paving one street.

Laverne Parnell has lived on Callis Street since 1981, and said the street has not been paved since.

"[The potholes] are just falling in all the time, and they'll come up here and they'll put gravel on it, but it won't stay, it'll just wash away," Parnell said.

And residents said they have had enough.

"They're dangerous because of cars driving by them, especially if you're meeting a car on the street, one has to get over, and the potholes of course will damage your car if you run across them enough," resident Marlon Stephens said.

Residents said they have a pothole problem all over town. The one on Kay Street is three inches deep.

And it is for that reason they want the city to fill in the potholes on several streets - not with gravel, but by melting asphault.

Some aldermen are pushing to have just part of Callis Street repaved now, saying it is in the worst shape.

"When you fill in the potholes, you have done nothing except fill in a pothole and then you still have your rough street," alderman Bob White said.

City officials said repaving just that street will cost about $21,000. Repairing the potholes on seven streets will cost $16,000.

"I think it would be best if we could as a city or town just repair the potholes now, and then later try to pave the streets as money's available," Stephens said.

Mayor Keith Cardwell told 7 Eyewitness News they may have to dip into some of their reserve fund to pay for the repaving project.

Watch 7 Eyewitness News at 10 for the results from Monday night's meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m.
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