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APRIL FOOLS: Grande Prairie residents not responsible for filling residential potholes

UPDATE: April Fools’ Day! It is the oldest one in the books but it works every time.

The City of Grande Prairie has launched a cost-saving program to take care of residential potholes before they take care of your car. Each household will now be responsible for filling the pot holes that are located directly in front of their home. After a pothole nearly swallowed a Smart Car in Pinnacle, Councillor Chris Thiessen said it was time for the city to ask for some “hole help”.

“We will provide training and help residents create techniques for getting the best mix if they require that. They’re going to be learning from people who’ve been doing it for years; just this time they’ll be doing it on their own.”

The city will go door-to-door to train residents, who will each get a bucket of cold mix and a shovel to work with. However, using your property tax receipt reportedly works just as well.

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With spring finally here in Grande Prairie, potholes are popping up all over the city. Thiessen says city council wants crews to focus their efforts on fixing up the main roads.

“We were running into big problems where potholes were getting really large in residential areas; all you need to do is drive around and see that. It’s a money and time saver if we get the city residents to do this on their own. It’s only a small chunk of road that they’re responsible for, so hopefully it’s not too big of a deal.”

Homeowners are encouraged to host pothole filling parties as another way to build community spirit. The program comes into effect on April 1st.

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