Brazil residents can become more active in spotting problem potholes through the city's new Pothole Patrol program.
Before taking office in January 2004, Mayor Tom Arthur intended to improve the streets of the city. Since that time, Brazil has purchased an injection-type patching machine that places a better patch than the traditional cold-patch method at approximately one-third of the cost.
In 2005, the city expects to spend $100,000 to repave two streets and widen a third for two-way traffic. To take the street initiative one step further, Mayor Arthur and Brazil Street Commissioner Ron Muncie are spearheading the Pothole Patrol program.
Under the new program, residents are asked to report potholes to the Street Department by telephone at 448-8501 or through the city Web site at
under Online Services, the Pothole Patrol.
"Unfortunately, the city street department cannot inspect all 50 miles of streets every day," Muncie said. "This program allows us to speed up the process of patching potholes."