TOLEDO, Ohio — City officials were taken aback Monday by a City Council Member Rob Ludeman who is not happy with progress being made on potholes.
The city said things are going as planned, while councilman Ludeman said he was told his zip code would be done weeks ago, but it's still not complete.
"They have just seemed to ignore the streets that we've turned in. And I was told two weeks, a systematic process, well, I waited two weeks, the systematic process did not take care of this street, my own neighborhood has not been touched," Ludeman said.
Ludeman sent out a memo calling the administration's Pothole Emergency Project a public relations ploy because he feels south Toledo has been ignored.
As a real estate agent, he also said the bad roads are hurting property values.
When looking at at the map that shows where city crews have been to repair the potholes, you can see some holes in east and south Toledo.
"They got their 50,000 (potholes fixed), but after that, did they take and downscale the crews? Do they still have as many when they started?" Ludeman asked.
The mayor's office wasn't able to speak on camera but Director of Public Service Paul Rasmusson said they do have fewer crews because the county and public utility workers aren't assisting anymore.
Rasmusson said crews still continue to go systematically through the city but there are just parts they haven't gotten to yet.
Additionally, people might see orange cones for weeks because they mark places that the city wants to go back to and make sure there aren't any larger structural issues that could lead to sinkholes...
But that answer didn't satisfy Ludeman who believes there are larger organizational issues with the program.
"One little block just a 10th of a mile long had the potholes filled, the crews left, three other streets have not been touched. So, it tells me there's a problem with how things are being administered and delegated to the crews," Ludeman said.