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BILL O’BOYLE boboyle@timesleader.com

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• City Council will meet in regular session 6 p.m. Thursday in council chambers, 4th floor, City Hall. Public comment is welcome.

WILKES-BARRE — City Council members had one thing on their minds Tuesday night — potholes.

“There’s one at Hillside and South Meade streets that is very deep,” said Councilwoman Maureen LaVelle. “If a car hits that, it will do some major damage.”

LaVelle said there was another one of similar size nearby and she cited several other locations where large potholes have opened up throughout the city.

Council members Mike Merritt, Bill Barrett and Tony George also offered locations of menacing potholes lurking on city streets.

Marie McCormick, city administrator, said the Department of Public Works crews will be out today filling potholes with cold patch.

“When I was police chief, and I think Councilman Barrett did the same when he was chief, we had officers on patrol radio in locations of potholes and crews were dispatched,” said Tony George.

McCormick said she will suggest that process to Police Chief Gerard Dessoye and Mayor Tom Leighton.

Chairman Barrett said a section of Scott Street is riddled with potholes caused by utility cuts. He asked if the street could be paved and McCormick said she would out it on the list for spring.

“But in the meantime, I think we have that scheduled for cold patch,” she said.

And according to experts, there will be more potholes out there this year than in recent years due to fluctuations in temperatures, lots of moisture and excessive use of road salt.

Barrett commended city DPW workers for getting caught up with collections that backed up over the holidays. He and Leighton said pickup delays have occurred over the past week as recycling volume nearly doubled due to the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Leighton said compressed mid-week holiday schedules combined with smaller DPW staffing levels as a result of illnesses, double trash pickup days, and severe weather outbreaks has resulted in collection delays. And recent snow storm also contributed to the delays, Leighton said.

At Thursday’s council meeting, council will consider several items:

• Amending the Rules and Regulations of the Fire Civil Service Commission to add provisions for extra points on tests for candidates who have previously accrued necessary education and/or certifications.

• Purchase of a 2014 SUV for the city police department from Hoffman Ford Inc., of Harrisburg. The vehicle will be paid for with money donated by the Wilkes-Barre Finance Authority.

• Authorizing an agreement with Petroleum Services, 454 S. Main St., for fuel oil. The company was the sole bidder for the service.

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