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Mayor Deb Higgins works in her office at city hall.
With potholes plaguing the city, two crews are busy filling them.
"The bad thing is that it’s only a cold mix,” said Mayor Deb Higgins. “We don’t have access to hot mix and of course with the ice and the wetness that’s still on the streets, we know that in many cases we’ll have to go back once hot mix is available and we can do a more permanent fix.”
She added the availability of hot mix depends on the weather. As long as temperatures remain above - 5 Celsius consistently, the asphalt plants will start up. She estimated it would be available in mid-April.
Higgins said this year there is a 56 per cent increase in the operating budget for potholes and in the equipment reserve budget, which will be finalized at Monday’s council meeting, the city will acquire a second asphalt truck to work on potholes.
Main roads are the first priority, but the city deals with the road condition hotline. People can phone the line “if they run across some (potholes) that are particularly bad,” she said. During regular hours, the number is 306-694-4550. After hours, the number is 306-692-2792.
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