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Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 10:19 am

Cambridge Park resident Pete Cabrelli said he was tired of driving over the same potholes on his street for over a year so he decided to do something about it.  On Friday, he bought asphalt material at a local store and still dressed in his white shirt and tie, the manufacturer’s rep did what he thought the county should have done--he filled the potholes.  

Cabrelli said his wife had repeatedly called about the potholes. “I’m just trying to keep the neighborhood decent.  We get short shrift.  I’m fed up."

Cabrelli was also upset that the county recently rescinded his successful appeal of his property tax, sending him an additional bill for $1500.

“We pay taxes to have this done,” added Cabrelli.  

Within a few minutes after Cabrelli filled two potholes, four county trucks with seven workers showed up, apparently alerted by a media call to the county. The DeKalb County workers removed the material Cabrelli had used as it was not properly permitted, and refilled the potholes using hot tar and a steam roller.  

The county claimed it had no record of the offending potholes. 

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