Seattle potholes are all over. With the recent proposal from King County Executive Dow Constantine charging cities of 250,000 or more $20 per car each year, I figured I would present another solution. The reality is that this job isn’t to complicated and we are paying people $30 per hour running all over town repairing potholes. We need it out of the cities hands (labor wise). How much talent does it take to get a shovel and fill a pot hole? You shove the hot mess into the hole smooth it out and pat it down tight. It’s so simple a monkey could do it. We need to stop wasting the money and talent on pot hole repair.
Obviously from the budget review report by Dow Constantine stating we’re spending 73% of our budget on court cases and criminals we need to start putting them to work. We have an army of community service workers every day. They are out cleaning up the roads (garbage, tires, paper etc), cutting back bushes and sticker bushes, feeding the homeless, so lets give them a shovel and put them to work. Seriously. Add a crew, put one guy in charge like they do now and take road trips filling up all these pot holes. Most of their actual “work time” would be driving to different cities anyway so labor wise it wouldn’t be to difficult. I know I would rather be driving around town and filling holes then having to do real community service work like cleaning the east side of I5 all day long.
It’s a solution and one to consider. We would save so much money considering what we are paying people to do it now and the management involved.