Harrisburg neighbors say they’ve waited long enough for sinkhole repairs

by Michael Mosher on April 30, 2014

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Neighbors in Harrisburg say they’re pleasantly surprised to hear millions of dollars in loans are heading to the Capital City.  The loans will help pay for repairs caused by massive sinkholes.

Geoffrey Drummer is relieved Harrisburg is getting infrastructure loans.  Sitting on his front porch along North 4th Street, Drummer says he watched the sinkholes form nearly 8 months ago.

“Oh, I saw it sink in- I saw this collapse, then this one had collapsed.”

Neighbor Stacey Blount says the sinkholes were dangerous. “Anything can happen, a child crossing the street, a sinkhole goes in- we lose a child,” says Blount.

State leaders say around $27 million will upgrade the city’s wastewater treatment facility.  A $900,000 low-interest loan will fix water and sewer infrastructure damaged by sinkholes.

State Representative Patty Kim says Harrisburg council members are concerned borrowing loans will create a deeper financial hole in the city’s budget.  But Kim says it’s the right thing to do.

“The services have been rendered, the contractors have been waiting for their money because of what they did and we owe it to them,” says Kim.

Representative Kim says the Harrisburg Authority will determine when repair work will begin.


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