Man fills up public road pothole on his own

Pete Cabrelli filling up pothole 
By: Eva Fett 

After the city refused to fill up a pothole on a public road, a private citizen had no choice but to fill it up himself.

While neighbors and journalists watched, a frustrated man brought a bag with filling material and patched up the road on his street.

Pete Cabrelli said he decided to fix the hole, as the hole had been on Stratfield Drive for more than one year, and he was sick of it.

"I've finally reached the end of my rope," he said. "I'm tired. I'm sick," he said.
Have you ever patched up a pothole before? He was asked. "Not on a public road," he replied.

Someone asked if he had asked DeKalb County for a permit to do the job. "No," he said. "I guess it's much easier to ask for forgiveness than for their approval," he added.

A group of neighbors gathered on the sidewalk to see how he worked.
"We think it's wonderful that Pete is willing to do this for us," said neighbor Cathy Furbish.

"The cars had been bouncing through the potholes for a year or more," she said. "We're just happy to have someone to correct them," she also said.

Cabrelli said that after he finished his work, a county task force came to the scene. County officials said they had no record of a complaint about the pothole. The crew of the county came to fill the pothole again.



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