Residents of the Kelsea Villas packed Thursday afternoon’s Community Development District 10 meeting looking for some answers.
Intense work has been taking place the past few weeks at a lift station located off Hillsborough Trail just behind the Kelsea Villas.
Residents have speculated it was all triggered by a sinkhole, something that Trey Arnett of Arnett Environmental LLC attempted to play down.
“We did not find any depressions, but we found some loose soil conditions,” Arnett told the standing-room-only crowd gathered at the boardroom of the District Office in Lake Sumter Landing.
The lift station, operated by Central Sumter Utility, is located on private property, thus technically not a CDD 10 issue. However, expecting to see residents show up at the meeting, Arnett was asked to attend and provide a briefing.
In the past few weeks, SECO has been working at the location, a geotechnical firm was called in and soil borings have been taken.
Arnett added the “loose soil” is not uncommon in the Sunshine State.
“This is Florida. We live on top of an aquifer,” he said.
When asked what could have triggered the incident, Arnett did not offer a clear answer.
“I couldn’t begin to guess,” Arnett said. “Perhaps there was a small crack in a sewer line. It could have been due to a leak in the structure.”