Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

March 14, 2014

Six tons of cold patch used for potholes already

Steve Woodhouse

Knoxville — The City of Knoxville has already used six tons of cold patch in filling potholes around town. 

Street Superintendent Dennis Webb said crews have been filling the holes for the past three weeks. Asphalt plants have not begun making that product yet, leaving Knoxville, and every other city, to use cold patch. 

Webb said the process can be time consuming, including cleaning out the holes to prepare them to be filled. Some are extremely rotted out, and Webb points to Robinson Street as an example. 

Street Department employees have also been assisting the Cemetery Department with tree removal. Thursday afternoon after 3 p.m., there was a fire reported at Graceland Cemetery. As it turned out, the smoke seen was coming from one of the tree stumps the crew was burning off. Smoke can also be present when the Cemetery Department is thawing a grave. 

Webb and the Street Department, weather permitting, intend to address a stormwater issue at First and Pleasant on Monday. Today (Friday, March 14) the Street Department will hang the Iowa State Flag banners on downtown lightpoles. 

A large celebration is being planned for Iowa State Flag Day, March 29. Iowa State Flag Designer Dixie Cornell Gebhardt was born in Knoxville. Look for a story about the celebration coming soon.