Pothole Hotline Numbers. All You have To Do Is Call!
So let me get this straight...all I have to do is call my City or Town Administrators and they'll scramble like Firefighters to fix the potholes on my street? WOW!! I mean F***in WOW!! I didn't know it was that easy! You mean all those times I bent a rim or F****d up my front end could of been avoided with ONE phone call?
That's what our Governor did. Apparently he's got some pothole problems on the road in front of his mansion in Richmond, MA and wants them fixed before the First Lady shows up for his $20,000 a seat fundraiser on August 3rd. God forbid Michelle Obama has to suffer the discomfort of having her armored SUV snap an axle. Wouldn't it be great if it were as easy as ordering a pizza?
In an article in the Boston Herald, Richmond Town Administrator Matthew Kerwood said, "That's one of those spots we had planned to fix. Now we'll just fix it a couple of weeks sooner." Kerwood says of the request made by Governor Deval Patrick's Office, "To me, he's a resident. He has the same rights and privileges as anyone else in town." Oh yeah, Deval is just one of the townies, except he's the GOVERNOR!
Since a simple request by a "resident" has so much clout in Richmond, Mass, I decided to call the city of Worcester(Where I am a resident with rights and privileges) into action about a pothole on my street. After talking to the City Manager's assistant, I was connected to a very nice woman who is the Department Of Public Works Liaison for the City. She took all of my information and said she would submit it into the system. When I told her the Governor was able to get his town to act right away she reminded me that the City of Worcester is slightly bigger than the Farm Town of Richmond with it's 1525 residents(Worcester has just under 200,000) Fair enough. And even though I told her I had some friends visiting from out of town soon she said she was sorry but there were other projects the city had to work on first. Again, fair enough. I then asked if I was the Governor would the job get the expressway to the top of the list? And bless her heart, she said it would have to wait like everybody else. Damn! I love this lady!
Maybe the Governor knows somebody? Maybe you can give him a call? Here's his contact info. Maybe he can make a call for you? The potholes the Governor complained about are actually in West Stockbridge. Their Town Administrator, Mark Webber, said in the Herald article, "It's not a big deal. A couple of tons of blacktop, a couple of hundred bucks." Which doesn't explain why they weren't fixed a long time ago. Apparently it took a big DEAL to get these fixed though. A 20K a plate deal.