Feb 18, 2020

South Carolina Sinkhole in Driveway Sparks Storm Water Discussion

After two years of back and forth with a South Carolina city, a resident is saying goodbye to a sinkhole in his driveway.

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A Mauldin, South Carolina resident is finally getting the sinkhole in his driveway repaired.

Russ Maio, the resident, has been waiting for repairs for two years. The city struck a compromise with him and is now working to fix the storm water and pipe issue causing the sinkhole in his driveway on Muirwood Drive, reported Greenville News

Maio will be responsible for the repairs on his driveway and the city's work does not involve any repairs to the sinkhole, according to city documents.

The estimated cost to the city is about $5,900, according to councilwoman Carol King.

Maio has investigated the issue for two years and attempted to get answers from the city of Mauldin and Greenville County governments.

When Maio originally brought the issue to the city's attention, the city denied his request to repair the pipe and sinkhole in a 2018 letter. According to South Carolina law, the city isn't allowed to use public money to repair Maio's private property.

The city neither constructed the storm water system for Maio's Knollwood neighborhood, nor does it maintain the system, reported Greenville News.

Greenville County has also denied responsibility as well. 

“I am not responsible for the storm water in the city of Mauldin," Maio said. "How would it be my responsibility to maintain storm water when we're all paying storm water taxes?"

Maio's sinkhole issue fixed within the next two to three weeks.

The city is also aware that storm water has been an ongoing issue across certain neighborhoods in the city, especially the older ones, reported Greenville News. The council's Public Works Committee has discussed options to aggressively work on the city's storm water issues. 

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