Sinkhole found in Charlestown
— Although fairly small in size, residents are being alerted to a sinkhole in need of fixing on Caroline Street near the North East River Marina.
The sinkhole — located in the grassy area by the entrance of the marina, so not in the way of foot or motor vehicle traffic — was discovered earlier this month.
A broken pipe sucking in the dirt caused the hole, said Wib Pumpaly, town administrator. He said the hole is about 15 inches in diameter and 15 inches deep. A cone has been placed over the hole to alert passersby, he said.
As the sinkhole is on town property, the town is responsible for fixing the hole. Pumpaly said the contractor has been notified, but a date has not been set to fix the hole yet.
The town commissioners approved to fund $2,750, the amount to fix the issue, during one of their meetings
earlier this month.
Amy DeSimone, a co-owner of the marina, said she notified Renee Capano, commissioner president, of the hole the day of the meeting.
Town officials have been responsive and are taking the necessary steps to correct the issue, DeSimone said. She said there have been no negative impacts on the marina.
A second sinkhole was found in the Cool Springs area on Monday, Pumpaly said. He said the hole, which measured 3 inches deep, was near a storm drain and was fixed the next day.
A sinkhole was discovered on the grassy right side of the North East River Marina.