Friday, October 25, 2013
If you have experienced a sinking feeling while in Rainey Park next to the Kaminski House Museum, there is a good explanation.
The ground has been sinking.
Georgetown City Council has approved spending $84,500 to correct the problem that has been going on for about two years.
The worst of the problem is the ground surrounding the fountain which is next to the western entrance to the Harborwalk boardwalk.
Jonathan Heald, director of the city’s department of public services, said earlier this year the fountain is sinking for one of two reasons.
Either the problem is soil from underneath is eroding when the tide goes out and is leaking through a retention wall, or the weight of the fountain has caused the soil to compact over time.
The contract to find and solve the problem was awarded to JMD Construction. The company will stabilize the ground, according to Heald.
He said pilings will be driven 40 feet beneath the surface for the stabilization. He was asked by council when the job will be complete.
He said no timetable has been set.