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Carterville May Slowly But Surely Get Rid of "Craterville"

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CARTERVILLE, MISSOURI -

Residents of Carterville might soon see some welcome changes to roads.  Road conditions there have deteriorated so badly that some residents have called the City "Craterville."  But the city administrator says it's time for the City to admit fault and follow a more effective plan.

With every shake...and bump...several residents in Carterville are asking what happened?

"Just about every road around here has some sort of damage.  Potholes, manhole covers that come up off the hole itself," says Carterville resident Norman Dollison.

First there was an underground water line issue along the street Dollison lives.  Now there's no road above the water pipes.

We asked him what percentage of roads have some issue with them.

"It would be easier to name the ones that don't," says Dollison.

"70 to 90 wouldn't be an exaggeration," says Carterville City Administrator William Cline.

Cline says he has been frustrated, too.

"The streets are what is keeping businesses away.  The streets are what is making it hard for residents to live here and drive here," says Cline.

An $800,000 bond was passed by voters in 2010 to pay for street improvements.  City administration at the time decided to buy equipment and maters themselves to chip seal roads and make them smoother.  Eight years later...

Dollison asks, "Why isn't that money going towards fixing these roads over here?"

Only $100,000 of that bond money is left.  Cline, who became city administrator in 2015, says it's time to refocus.

"I don't believe it was applied as it should've been," says Cline.  "We didn't have a crew that was trained to do it."

Cline has brought to City Council a bid from an outside company for road work. 

"I think the City needs to regain trust.  We need to do something with what we have left, to prove we have a plan," says Cline.

Cline says it would only cost about $200 more for an outside company to work on a block's worth of road.  He hopes gone are the days of bandaids on roads and underground pipes.

"Carterville is a nice little town," says Dollison.  "There are a lot of nice people around here."

...And nice roads, pending City Council's approval of a contractor.

Cline hopes an agreement can be reached with a contractor so that different streets can be chip sealed each year.

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