CDD 4 facing major financial decision about remedying sinkhole damage

Community Development District 4 supervisors are facing a major financial decision about remedying sinkhole damage in a Village of Calumet Grove neighborhood.

CDD 4 supervisors will meet in two sessions on Monday. The first will be a workshop at 2 p.m. at Savannah Center to discuss the budget for the coming fiscal year. Then they will meet at 4:30 p.m. to enter into an “emergency” contract to move ahead with repairs.

Community Development District 4 Supervisor Don Deakin was on the scene last year to inspect the sinkhole damage.

“Both of these meetings are open to the public and will be available for public comment,” said CDD 4 Supervisor Don Deakin.

He is encouraging residents to show up at the meetings.

The board will consider a $1.4 million contract with Ciraco Underground, Inc. for drainage work in the sinkhole damaged areas.

The sinkholes opened up Feb. 15, 2018 on McLawren Terrace.

Barricades block access to the sinkhole-damaged properties.

There has been frustration that homeowners Doris Morrill and Frank and Jan Neumann bargained for time with Marion County officials for what was apparently the sole purpose of obtaining a better insurance settlement. Meanwhile, the stabilization of the properties was ignored.

Last year, CDD 4 voted to increase by 20 percent the maintenance assessment rate paid by residents, in anticipation of costly sinkhole repairs.