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Second pothole patcher on way to Albany

April 21, 2015

by Adrianna Rosales

The Board of Contract and Supply approved 10 ordinances  Tuesday, including a serial bond for $75,000 to add a new pothole patcher to the equipment coffers of the Department of General Services.

The Contract and Supply Board meeting was held on Tuesday, at 1:30 p.m. in the Mayor’s Conference Room/Adriana Rosales

The Contract and Supply Board meeting was held on Tuesday, at 1:30 p.m. in the Mayor’s Conference Room/Adriana Rosales

At Tuesday’s meeting, the Department of General Services’ ordinance for replacement equipment was approved by the board.

“One of the functions is for the board to approve the solicitation of projects from various city departments to prospective vendors,” said Gerald Campbell, deputy city clerk.

Though the department already has two pothole patchers, they are looking to replace the older equipment that uses a style known as cold patching. With the cold patch process, hot asphalt is dumped into a pothole and then tamped down, according to Leif Engstorm, chief city auditor. The problem with the cold patch process is that within two weeks it pops out, said Engstrom

“Cold patches come out every time you run over it or it rains,” said Frank Zeoli, director of operations for the Department of General Services.

Frank Zeoli, Director of Operations for the Department of General Services/Adriana Rosales

Frank Zeoli, Director of Operations for the Department of General Services/Adriana Rosales

The new patcher uses high-pressure air to blow out the pothole followed by an emulsifier to coat it. A patch is then used to fill the hole, which is then covered by gravel that sticks to it.

“It’s really kind of a cool piece of equipment,” said Engstrom.

The beneficial aspect of the new patcher is that it will be using high temperatures allowing the repairs to be more permanent, according to Zeoli

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