Residents Have One Last Chance at Pothole Help

by Audry Kensicki on May 6, 2010 at 5:34 am

Although the city’s budget is tight, there may be one last chance to have pothole damage paid for by the city.

The process is called a "moral claim." If after you have filed a regular claim with the city that was not paid, you can approach a council member for this other route.

"The moral claim route is one other avenue a claim that the person still feels the city should have if nothing else, a moral obligation to pay the bill for them," said Zanesville Public Service Director Mike Sims.

After you contact a council person, they will decide whether or not to sponsor an ordinance, which council will then vote on. A majority vote is needed for the claim to be paid out.

Sims says potholes were a big problem, especially along Maple Avenue.

"There were quite a number of claims in a short period of time before the police department could even notify the street department of the issues," he said. "Probably as many as 10 to 15 claims in one day from one pothole before we could respond to correct the problem."

Sims says Wayne Avenue has also had it’s fair share of pothole claims.

To find out who your council person is, call the city clerk at 455-3919.