It’s the year of the big BA-BOOM as the frigid winter segues into one of the town’s worst ever for frost heaves and pot holes. Cold weather and pot holes go hand in hand, according to Public Works Department Crew Chief Don Foyer. “We’re inundated with them, our crews are out seven days a week right now,” Foyer said. “Even ones we’ve already filled pop right out again after a heavy rainstorm.” Foyer expects his crew won’t rest until the weather warms up and the ground temperature stays heated.
The department’s policy is to fill pot holes as soon as they are made aware of them, either by residents, town officials, the police department or the department’s own observations. Though the department has fielded a few calls from angry residents who expect the town to pay for damage to their cars from hitting a hole, the town is only liable if they were aware of a pot hole and did not fix it. While no one area of town is hardest hit, several roads already scheduled for resurfacing are in extra-rough shape. “The damage is spread pretty evenly throughout the town,” he said.
By Laura Fantarella – Orange Town News Correspondent