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Fayad: We’ll do the best we can to fix potholes


MASSENA - Following the most difficult winter in recent memory, Massena Department of Public Works Superintendent Hassan A. Fayad said he and his crew will do the best job they can when it comes to fixing potholes in the village this spring.

“We’re going to do out best to get our streets in order,” Mr. Fayad said, noting Massena isn’t the only community facing issues with potholes.

“This isn’t just an issue in Massena or this region,” he said, noting that the state even supplied municipalities with additional aid this year to repair potholes, which are more prevalent than in the past as a result of the bitter 2013-2014 winter season.

Massena’s take was an extra $24,000, which Mr. Fayad said he will put to good use.

“That’s going to assist us in patching and paving our streets,” he said.

To help provide a more long-term solution to the pothole problem, Mr. Fayad said the department is trying something new in areas where there is serious pothole damage.

“We’re going to take a new approach and grate out the really bad areas and then patch over it over with our paver,” he said. “This will be a great approach for the areas that are in really bad shape like Highland Park, Liberty Avenue and a few others.”

Mr. Fayad said now that “hot patch” is available, his crews will be able to begin working to restore the village’s streets.

Recognizing that his budget was cut significantly, Mr. Fayad said he will be the best he can with what resources he has available.

“We’re going to do our best to fix what’s out there with what we have, keeping in mind I can’t grossly exceed the money allocated for that,” he said.

Christine A. Premo, a partner in the JAC Towers ownership group, East Orvis Street, Massena, said the potholes have led to increased business for their automotive repair shop.

“It’s good for us, but it’s not good for people having to pay for unnecessary repairs,” she said. “The number of struts we have replaced has absolutely increased this year.”

Ms. Premo said there’s no doubt that the rough winter and potholes that followed are at least part of the blame.

“We have definitely seen increased business because of them (potholes),” she said. “The roads are definitely an issue and this past winter didn’t help.”

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