Santee agrees to pay for homeowners’ sinkhole repairs

by Michael Mosher on April 11, 2017

Post image for Santee agrees to pay for homeowners’ sinkhole repairs

The city of Santee has agreed to pay up to $500,000 to repair corrugated metal pipes that have broken and created large sinkholes at several homes on the city’s west side.

The 6- to 8-feet-deep sinkholes formed in the front and back yards of at least four homes on East Hartland Circle and Ryder Court in February after fierce winter rains.

At a special meeting this week, the Santee City Council unanimously agreed to spend nearly half a million dollars to help people who have been affected. The city said it wanted to act quickly before any future rains came and threatened more property damage.

Residents Larry and Karen Stewart, who have lived on Ryder Court for 43 years, said they had already given permission to the city to start work on their property. A cursory inspection of the Stewarts’ back yard by city engineers took place last week.

“I’m excited that the sinkhole will be gone, the hazard will be gone,” Larry Stewart said. He described his sinkhole as 6-feet deep, 12-feet long and 8-feet wide.

“I’m glad (it) will be replaced properly and not a band-aid job,” he said.

The city has already put in temporary fencing, trench shoring and steel plating at the Hartland Circle homes.

“It is great that we’re going to be able to take care of the citizens of Santee and make sure they continue to stay safe,” City Councilman Rob McNelis said at Monday’s special meeting.

Then a lawyer representing two homeowners on East Hartland Circle told the council he would sue if repairs were not made. Attorney Patrick Catalano said Santee would be held responsible for damage because the broken pipes connect to storm drains on public property that funnel water in the street.

Catalano was not at the Monday meeting. He hired an outside firm to inspect his clients’ homes on Hartland Circle, and the cost analysis was for nearly $150,000 of work between the two.

Santee Civil Engineer Carl Schmitz said the city would take a closer look at the damage, including using an underground camera, then start contracting out services to begin the emergency repairs. He did not have an estimated time for when repairs would begin.

 

 

Read the full story here

Previous post:

Next post: