Michigan State Police, Macomb County at odds over 911 calls for potholes

County Executive Mark Hackel says it's not unusual for people to call about damage-causing potholes

Author: Mara MacDonald, Local 4 Reporter, @MaraMacDonald
Published On: Jan 29 2014 10:43:19 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 29 2014 11:19:27 PM EST
Fixing potholes Macomb County
MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. -

Anyone who has been driving Metro Detroit roads has been dodging the man and tire-eating potholes.

In Macomb County, Executive Mark Hackel sent out the word to call 911 if you see a major pothole.

"We've come up with a solution here in Macomb County to get to that point to assess and address it within 1 hour of the moment we find out about it. So, we want to tell people it's OK, let us know right away if you see that. Not one of those potholes that's just a crack in the roadway or some kind of obscure hole someplace, but one that could cause damage or is a serious concern," said Hackel.

Macomb County road crews were on the move all Thursday cold-patching the worst of it, such as one that ate a tire up on Hall Road. However, late Thursday evening the Michigan State Police sent out an alert which reads in part, "Please, do not direct the public to tie up 911 lines to report potholes, period. Whether Macomb wants you to or not."

The county executive is not amused.

"I don't understand it. I mean, they (MSP) don't get 911 calls here in Macomb County and the Sheriff and I have come to an agreement," said Hackel. "This is not unusual for people to call when there is damage-causing potholes or serious potholes out on the roadway."