LEE COUNTY: Boys and Girls Club requests fix for problematic sewer line

Feb. 20, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

A collapsed Lee County sewer line is causing trouble for the Boys and Girls Club, according to local officials.

The county is being asked to fix a collapsed sewer line at O.T. Sloan Park to which the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sanford/Lee County connects, said Lee County Manager John Crumpton during Monday's Lee County Board of Commissioners meeting. 

Two previous incidents have been reported within the last two months in which sewer discharge has surfaced outside of the Boys and Girls Clubs' O.T. Sloan facility, club Chief Professional Officer Bo Hedrick said Tuesday, but there are no immediate problems.

County workers sent a camera down the sewer line and discovered that an older county line — near the Lee County Enrichment Center and underneath the CSX railroad tracks — was collapsing, Crumpton said. The Boys and Girls Club is connected above the county's collapsed line, Crumpton said, thus the county is financially responsible for fixing the pipe. 

There is not a current estimate of the cost to fix the line, he said.

The county is working with CSX to gain right-of-way agreements, he said, but "that is not an easy thing to [do]."

"So this could be an ongoing thing," Crumpton said. "Right now, the sewer line is working, but you might hear something about it in the future."

The line was built in the 1970s when the O.T. Sloan Park pool was constructed, Crumpton said, adding that it was "not a good line."

"We are just glad they are addressing the origin of the problem we have been having," Hedrick said. "We are thankful for that."