Georgetown filing sinkhole suit against state DOT

      GEORGETOWN, S.C. (WCIV) - Three years after a sinkhole damaged several Georgetown businesses, the city of Georgetown is planning to file a new lawsuit against the Department of Transportation, contractors and engineers.

      "We need to make repairs of some type to City Hall and the fire station," said Mayor Jack Scoville. "One of the things we'll have to look at is whether or not it's more cost effective to take the value of city hall and fire station and build new buildings on a different site."

      Scoville says the foyer of the town's City Hall is beginning to sink as a result of the sinkhole.

      "[The foyer] has subsided a little bit, maybe a half of an inch, three quarters of an inch," Scoville said.{}

      Scoville also says engineering studies claim the sinkhole was preventable.{}

      "The biggest thing was we feel that a lot of these problems were identified very early on and had the process stopped and the fix put in early, all of this would have been avoided," he said.

      City officials are filing a claim asking for compensation for building repairs. Scoville says attorneys have not yet determined how much money they will seek in court.{}

      "Right now, we're waiting to hear back from the lawyers as to whether we should file separately or join in with the existing litigation," said Scoville. "Once that is determined, they will prepare the necessary paperwork and we'll go forward."

      Scoville says the claim should be completed and filed by August.{}