Crude message near pothole won't speed up service

By James Peters / Chad Harris
May 31, 2017 - 11:30am

KAMLOOPS — The City of Kamloops says spray painting a vulgar drawing or phrase beside a pothole won't speed up the city's repair job.

Several instances have been noted this spring of graffiti popping up near potholes.

The latest instance was noticed on Barnhartvale Road, where someone drew a pair of phallic images and added a profane phrase encouraging crews to fix the problem.

Streets and Environmental Services Manager Glen Farrow says once potholes and other asphalt issues are reported through proper channels, crews will be on them quickly.

"We do have crews out regularly patrolling, potholing or doing larger patches. Anytime we are aware of new potholes, we're on it within days. The best way to report those would be calling our main public works number."

"There are other ways to do it, through our website or our even through the myKamloops app is another good way to get that information to our crews so we can correct the asphalt issues that exist."

Farrow adds the presence of vulgar material near a pothole is not appreciated by the city, and won't motivate crews to visit the site any faster.

"It really doesn't matter. We don't like offensive material, or any offensive drawings no matter what surface it is on. We have seen that on asphalt, on sidewalks, on buildings. Wherever it may show up, it's not acceptable, and we don't really appreciate that. It's definitely not going to improve a service level."

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