For the first time since heavy rains
caused Lakestone Court to collapse at the beginning of June, Columbia County
Commissioners are talking about the legal trouble the sinkhole created.
"It's a can of worms," said Columbia
County Commission Chairman Ron Cross.
Cross says the gaping hole in
Lakestone Court has created quite the headache for the county and 16 homeowners
in the Barrington neighborhood.
Cross says they haven't been able to
get a lot of work done to repair the road because of all the rain.
"The rain has terribly frustrated
everybody," he said.
Cross says the apparent lack of
progress is what prompted the homeowners to meet with Commissioners at the
Government Center Tuesday evening.
"They didn't know what was going
on even though a lot of work has been happening behind the scene," Cross,
Homeowners said they wouldn't talk on
camera because they believe their exposure to the media has made them a target
"Some mailboxes were damaged and
I think one door was damaged with a grapefruit of all things," explained
The Sheriff says he's assigning more
deputies to patrol the neighborhood to discourage people from vandalizing the
The county has started repairing the
road even though they don't know who's paying for it yet.
Residents say Waterford Development,
the company that built the neighborhood, is closed and they owned Lakestone
The county says they aren't
responsible for the bill because they refused to take ownership of the road
when the neighborhood was created because they didn't like how it was built on
Cross says they're weighing their
options while attorneys determine who is responsible and how much the repairs
"There's a large number of
families in that neighborhood where a per unit cost wouldn't be that much; it
will be debated how much responsibility the county has for allowing them to
open the road in the first place," he said.
Cross says one lane of traffic should
be open in about 5 weeks and the entire road should be open again in 9 to 10
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