Concerned Citizen Says Public Works Doesn’t

Concerned Citizen Says Public Works Doesn’t

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Folks in Prichard say public works is not working for them.

"This is the type of danger that should take priority over other issues in the city."

Community activist Mario Cannon says he's been staring at this manhole without a cover for at least three weeks and has seen a few near-accidents.

"God forbid a child or something falls in that hole," adds Cannon.

The safety aspect is just one problem—these manhole covers keep getting stolen and sold for scrap. A problem that the city is trying to get ahead of.

"The covers we have now are fiberglass and they have no value in them whatsoever. But they are still being taken," says Prichard's Media Relations Officer Melanie Baldwin.

And here's another issue, this is part of Section Avenue which Cannon says has not been able to drain for months.

Crews are filling gaps with crunched up concrete but Cannon wants something more permanent. However, the city can't act on that until we see a longer period of decent weather. And then there's the issue of *borrowing* the equipment for the job.

"We are working with Mobile County to see if we can use one of their pieces of equipment to make sure we are filling what we need to fill correctly," says Baldwin.

"It makes me feel terrible. This city should aggressively be going after millions and millions of dollars of grant money that it has been missing out on," says Cannon.

That's exactly what Prichard is starting to do, looking to federal and state funds for this as well as the revitalization of Wilson Avenue.

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