How many 311 phone calls to report a rather large pothole does a citizen need to make before the City does anything about it? That's what John Verderame wants to know. Over several months, he has called the Mayor's non-emergency services number at least a dozen times to alert the Department of Transportation about the problem on carroll Street, between Smith and Hoyt Streets. Instead of action, the hole just keeps on getting deeper.
Verderame also walked into Assemblywoman Joan Millman's office right around the corner on Smith Street countless times to complain about the hazard.
Just once did someone from DOT show up to take a look. The worker took out a can of yellow spray paint and marked the perimeter of the sinkhole. "So you will come out to fix it?" Verderame asked hopefully. The answer was "No." Apparently, the hole wasn't deep enough to warrant repair...yet. "We have plenty of holes that are bigger than this one" the worker explained.
"How much bigger does it need to get?" Verderame asked me the other day when he saw me. "I can lay in it." And to prove his point, he actually did. "Do you have your camera on you, Ms. Pardon Me For Asking? Take a picture." So I did.
Let's see if this post and your demonstration will help get a crew out here, John.