City offers settlement to homeowner - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/19/10

City offers settlement to homeowner with house threatened by sinking dirt

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The City of Lubbock unanimously voted in a Monday meeting that they will make an offer to a Lubbock couple for their home.

The City must purchase their home and demolish it to do proper soil testing, to see why portions of 98th Street is cracking and sinking. The sinking dirt has damaged the pavement and threatens as many as three homes.

Mayor Tom Martin says in 1998, the sanitary sewer line was not constructed properly and for the third time in several years, a section of 98th Street will once again need repairs.

"We've also hired a consulting engineer to study the area around that to see how far the problem goes. But we definitely know it's under Mr. Southerland's property," says Lubbock Mayor Tom Martin.

Martin says the City will present an offer to Charles and Brunhilde Sutherland on Tuesday. They live on the corner of 98th Street and Dover.

The Mayor says he can't say what the offer is, but that relocation fees are included.

If the Sutherlands do not accept the offer, then the City might have to condemn the land.

NewsChannel 11 will continue to follow this story and will bring you the latest as it becomes available.

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