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Eroding pipes leave Richmond County school planners with a sinking problem

Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 8:28 am

A large sinkhole that appeared last year near the Richmond County Varsity Baseball field due to a corroded drain pipe appears to have been just a precursor for a much larger problem.
On Feb. 12, members of the Richmond County School Board met, despite wintry weather conditions, to discuss newly discovered problems of nearly 325 feet of that same pipe which are rapidly becoming a safety hazard.
“We fear that this 36 inch line is deteriorating in such a manner that we fear it will collapse,”  said a representative from Skanska, the schools engineering firm. “It behooves us to consider replacing the line and we anticipate the cost to be approximately $26,000 just to replace the line, not including the drop structures.”
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Greg Smith noted that there is an anticipated sum of nearly $60,000 that has accrued in interest on monies received by the state and federal government earmarked for construction. He said that if approved, those funds could go towards repairing the line, as it is in a crucial region and high traffic area.
Specifically, the line in question directly crosses where all buses carrying children and all parents enter the elementary school and is adjacent to the Town of Warsaw’s water pump.
It was brought up during the meeting that a small sinkhole had already been sighted near the road hundreds of cars drive over daily.

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