Pothole monster threatens row of businesses

Reported by Mika Highsmith email | bio
Posted by Kate Oatis email

TOLEDO - A pothole in front of Yummies at Ewing and Nebraska in Central City is spreading at an alarming rate. The owner says he's been complaining about it -- but that no one has responded.

That is, until he contacted Call 11 for Action problem solver Mika Highsmith.

"I own the restaurant, the convenience store and the barber shop," says Clifford Russell. "I planted this tree from a little tree," he says, pointing to a tree and saying it used to stand up straight.

The tree is now leaning because a pothole has nearly swallowed it.

At first, the pothole was an issue just for cars.

"We've pulled nine cars out of here," Russell says.

Russell says the city put up barrels as a temporary fix, but most of them just fall in.

One of the worries is that someone could get hurt.

"I don't understand why isn't not fixed. It's been almost four months," Russell says. "Someone's going to get killed, and I don't want that on my conscience."

Mika spoke with a representative from the city who said the problem is on the list. The city has to hire a private contractor for this project and that takes time. They say someone from the city will take a look at the situation on Tuesday.