Sinkhole could threaten south Crestview homes

Published: Monday, July 22, 2013 at 09:03 PM.

"They close it up and fill it with steam and it cures in place," Steele said. "It's like a brand new PVC pipe."

Following city purchasing procedure, Steele solicited bids from three companies and received two responses. The least expensive, at $79.99 per foot, represents a total of $12,400 for the project, he said.

"It is expensive, but in this case we don't have a choice," Steele said. "We run the risk of jeopardizing the foundations of these homes if this keeps getting bigger."

The third company could not submit a bid because it could not move its equipment to Crestview fast enough, Steele said.

Because it is an emergency, the council could immediately authorize Steele to accept the lowest bid, city attorney Jerry Miller said.

Miller also recommended the council consider increasing Steele's approval authority beyond the current $7,500 limit for emergency repair work.

Steele said the bidder could "mobilize and start this week."

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