WILLIAMSON – The city of Williamson has finished repair work concerning drainage problems and a sinkhole that has plagued the Vinson Street area of Williamson for an extended period of time.
At a regular meeting of the Williamson City Council held Thursday September 8, Williamson Mayor Robert Carlton discussed a decision made by the Williamson Utility Board to complete Vinson Street repairs. “The Williamson Utility Board has considered the issue of Vinson Street and voted to repair the hole that is located there. The old maps of the city of Williamson reflect that it is our (the city of Williamson’s) responsibility and it is not within 20 feet of a right away for the state,” Carlton said.
The repair work puts an end to a problem that has been often discussed over the last several months at Williamson Council meetings.
Back in February, Williamson Daily News Editor, Kyle Lovern, published an article after an emergency meeting was called by the Williamson City Council. The sink hole and drainage problems were discussed at the emergency meeting.
The article states, “An old corrugated drainage pipe that runs under the street and underneath lawns of private property owners that carries a stream down Vinson Street (Williamson Hollow) was one of the biggest concerns. Much of that pipe, which was installed several years ago, has rusted and clogged up. A huge 10-foot sinkhole appeared in a yard at the old Turner home and is moving toward the driveway and carport of Walt and Mable Childress. Officials agreed that the situation could worsen and that a civil engineer needed to be brought in to examine the problem and offer long-term solutions. Jason Allen of Veolia said the drain was a 48 inch pipe and part of it collapsed after heavy rains fell in the area and then the street department workers unclogged part of the drainage line and removed part of it from the sinkhole.”
The discussion concerning repairing Vinson Street continued at Williamson Council meetings throughout the spring and summer. In August, a resident of Vinson Street, approached the council stating that the sink hole posed safety concerns for children living in the area. At that meeting, Steven Hager approached the council stating, “I was just wondering are we ever going to do anything about the holes up Vinson Street? I had to go out there yesterday and keep two kids from going in it. We were told a year ago that this would be fixed in a couple of weeks… If those kids climb down in there and get hurt, is the city liable? The city is who put the drain in. It has been over a year since this happened.”
Shortly following that meeting, the Williamson Utility Board voted to repair the drain and the sink hole that appeared as a result. The repairs are now complete.
(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)