This is one way to draw attention to a pothole problem in Geauga County

One photo of upside down pants waist deep in a pothole has been shared hundreds of times
Updated: Jan. 12, 2021 at 4:16 PM EST
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PARKMAN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WOIO) - This photo was snapped on Nash Road near State Route 168 in Parkman Township a few weeks ago.

Geauga county residents using humor to draw attention to deep potholes
Geauga county residents using humor to draw attention to deep potholes(Geauga County Maple Leaf)

It’s a pair of upside down pants and boots with an Amish hat, lunchbox cooler and a thermos, made to look like someone fell into this pothole head first, waist deep.

“We’ve had pictures of trees being planted in holes, we’ve had pictures of fishing poles with signs go on, fish in,” said Parkman Township’s Dennis Ikeler. “It’s not funny neither.”

A supervisor said the photo is from three weeks ago and crews fixed that pothole within two hours of hearing about it.

Someone on Nash Road near the intersection of state Route 168 in Parkman Township drew attention to the fact there is a...

Posted by Geauga County Maple Leaf on Monday, January 11, 2021

But township leaders got the message about the problematic potholes in their community and the unique way people are publicizing them.

“It happens every year. It just freezes and thaws and it opens it up,” said Ikeler.

The Township Trustee has been at this for eight years now and said potholes are a sometimes losing battle.

There are 17 miles of unpaved roads, 8 miles of paved roads and gravel roads all over the township. Ikeler says it’s a lot to maintain with only three men to fix everything.

There’s not just cars to consider. The Amish community makes up about half the population.

“I know they get frustrated with it because their biggest expense are horses and you don’t want a horse to get lain on our roads,” he said.

But they’re trying. 19 News cameras were rolling Tuesday as crews smoothed Solstice Road.

A plan for ODOT an Geauga County to repave Newcomb Road is on hold until next year. In the meantime, they’re trying fill in the holes, the best they can.

“We try to keep them up to snuff to where they’re not gonna be perfect but at least they’re not gonna be humongous holes,” said Ikeler.

The next township meeting is next Tuesday, Jan. 19.

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