Macomb County, Warren team up on potholes
Warren — Mayor James Fouts announced Wednesday that he and Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel reached an agreement for city DPW crews to fill potholes on county-maintained roads in the city.
“I said to Mr. Hackel ... ‘Why don’t we work on a collaborative, cooperative basis...?’ We can help out the county and the county can help us,’ ” Fouts said.
The agreement comes as Fouts and Hackel addressed pothole-ridden roads this week.
Fouts launched a pothole hotline Tuesday for residents. He vowed to have potholes filled within a day of getting a call for repairs, even if crews had to work overtime. Hackel on Tuesday reminded residents to call 911 only for damage-causing potholes.
Warren will be reimbursed by the county for filling the potholes, said Fouts. All patching material will be provided by the county.
Potholes on county roads will be filled by the city after 3:30 p.m., said Fouts.
Double time is $77.41 per crew member per hour. There will be a flat fee of $65 per hour for truck use, which includes insurance, gas and wear and tear, said Fouts in a news release Wednesday.
Hackel said the county often works with municipalities on issues of road patching and snow removal.
“Warren being one of the larger communities, obviously it behooves us to engage in these collaborative efforts and figure out how they can assist us in dealing with some of the county roads,” said Hackel. “They are dealing with the roads as much as we do.”
County roads — those even-numbered mile roads and those that border cities — that need maintenance include Hayes, Schoenherr, Mound, Van Dyke, Dequindre and Groesbeck, said Fouts.
The city is responsible for the upkeep of odd-numbered roads such as Chicago, and both Hoover and Ryan from Eight Mile to 14 Mile, he said.
Fouts said Wednesday he was satisfied with the arrangement.
“Rather than one level of government fighting with another level of government, we should work together because we have one common goal, and that is to serve the citizens and make roads safer,” said Fouts.
Hackel said as road conditions worsen, local and county governments must work together.
“If we don’t get the road funding, there is going to be a need in the future to continuously partner-up because one entity can’t do it alone anymore.”
Warren’s pothole hotline number is (586) 574-4584.
The Michigan State Police have previously said motorists can call 911 if the pothole is a public safety threat.
For example, if the hole is causing motorists to swerve in traffic to avoid it and endangering other drivers. But smaller potholes should be reported to county or local road commissions.