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"It does tend to be that a lot of jobs look like they’re just done by people that don’t know what they’re doing or certainly don’t care about what they’re doing, for a start-off," Cr Mike Lord said.
His outburst at the Dunedin City Council infrastructure services committee meeting yesterday came while council transport group manager Jeanine Benson was accepting questions.
"I’m just wondering if there’s any data as to how many jobs you actually turn around and say ‘no, this is a crap job, we’re not going to pay you for it’," Cr Lord said.
"Or have we asked them to do a crap job, sort of thing?"
Ms Benson replied work was done within funding constraints.
"We do have something called the maintenance intervention guide, where the DCC staff and our contracting partners Fulton Hogan ... look at the treatment for a particular road activity to figure out whether that’s the most appropriate treatment for that asset," Ms Benson said.
Cr Lord referred to initial patches turning into larger holes and eventually "a proper job" being needed for repairs.
He said he was not an engineer, but it was obvious the first fix was like putting a plaster on a bullet hole.
Ms Benson said a percentage of jobs were audited, looking at such things as whether sealing over the top of pavement was adequate or if a dig-out and reseal should have been done.
Fulton Hogan had a 96% score in June for roading defects repair work deemed appropriate and 80% in April and May.