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Old 04-04-2007, 04:58 PM   #1
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Getting the city to pay???

Hey yos, not sure of exactly where to post this so I figured here would be a good place to start.

I live in the city of Eau Claire, WI, which has probably the second worst roads in the world. The city's idea of fixing roads/potholes is dumping that black rocky tar stuff into holes over and over again, while, as most of you know, it only really makes things worse in the end. I wish the city weren't so Goddamn cheap (excuse the language).

Anyway I was driving on what was actually usually one of the BETTER roads (there aren't many good ones, believe me) around here the other day, and all of a sudden WHAM!!!!!!!!! ENORMOUS pothole. Couldn't even see it, even after I passed it.

Now the problem is that less than a month ago I had my car lowered AND aligned, and everything was in tip top shape. I'm pretty pissed off now because in order to go straight now my steering wheel has to be turned noticeably to the right.

As this is not my fault, and since I JUST had an alignment done to my car, I believe the city should pay for this repair.

Does anybody know how I would go about doing this??? I'm not really even sure where to start, and I want to have a really good case going in. I'm going to go back to the street and see if I can't find the monstrous pothole to take a picture of for evidence, and I'll be able to write a convincing argument, but I just need to know who I talk to to get some real results. Thanks y'all.


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Old 04-04-2007, 05:06 PM   #2
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Typically the only way you can get a city to pay for damage to your car due to lapsed road maintenance is to take them to small claims court. They'll pretty much blow you off otherwise.
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buy a truck and that won't happen :) just kidding, I think Skaaddict might be right. Go to your Cities website and see if there are any links for people's email addresses and start an email trail. It may take a long time, but it'll be worth it if it works out for you.
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