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Duluth City Council OKs $400,000 bump for pothole fixes

City crews will have $400,000 more to spend on filling potholes, sealing cracks and mending the ravages of winter on Duluth’s streets this spring.

The Duluth City Council unanimously approved the additional appropriation Monday night, with Councilor Sharla Gardner absent because of a visit to Washington, D.C.

Mayor Don Ness announced April 9 his plans to double spending on spring street maintenance work, but the additional spending from reserves still needed to be approved by the City Council before the money could be released. The money will be drawn from surplus reserve funds accumulated largely as a result of belt-tightening efforts, according to Ness.

Before casting his vote in favor of the appropriation, 2nd District Councilor Joel Sipress said: “I’d like to thank the administration for proposing that this be done, because I think streets need to be a priority for our city. I’m pleased to vote for this so we can get on with this important work.”