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   LeClaire city leaders vote Monday to spend more money to repair roads in one area but it's likely just a temporary fix. Several streets in near Bridgeview Place and 8th Street are facing erosion issues. Voids beneath the surface has concrete on many driveways, sideways and streets sinking.
    For several weeks an emergency mudjacking project has been underway. The city's contract was for $240,000 to have crews fill the caverns with the mixture that's made of sand, mud, and concrete. Monday night, council voted on another $130,000 or so of fill for the underground spaces on several more streets. But it could be a problem again come spring.
    "Do you pay X amount of money to have this fixed or do you pay two times the X amount to fix it later," said Kim Gasaway who has live on 8th Street for more than five years.
    "We needed to do something right now and this was the quickest way to get the safety issue taken care of," said Mayor Bob Scannell. "As far as I'm concerned the only way to fix it is to tear up the street altogether and find out what's exactly what's causing it."
     There are a couple different theories as to where the erosion issue stems from. The way drainage was coming from the houses is one possibility. Some also say when the sub-division was built there was no layer of gravel laid under the concrete. Either way city leaders say it's going to mean big decisions in the future with how to deal with it.
     The mudjacking is also a temporary fix until the city can get a geological expert to come in and figure out just how big the problem is. The hope is to have someone on board by the beginning of the year.