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Sinkhole study delayed again in Harrisburg

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South Harrisburg residents will have to wait even longer to find out what's happening underneath their homes where more than two dozen sinkholes have formed over the last three months.

The city solicitor needs to amend a memorandum of understanding that calls for Capital Region Water (CRW) to pay for a portion of the cost of a sinkhole survey to be conducted by engineering firm Gannett Fleming.

Initially, City Council and Mayor Eric Papenfuse were under the impression CRW would pay for one half of the price tag, up to $166,000. But at Monday's Public Works Committee meeting, CRW vice president Bill Cluck said the board is only willing to pay their share of 'Phase One' of the project, which amounts to $19,000.

Cluck said this will allow engineers to learn whether aging infrastructure, which falls under CRW, or geological issues are to blame. From there, the board will revisit the study and vote on whether to further fund it.

Councilwoman Sandra Reid said the new MOU should be complete within the week. Once approved by council, Phase One will take five weeks to complete.

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