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Big sinkhole prompts emergency action in Grand Island

The Grand Island Town Board strayed from its agenda on Monday night to address a growing sinkhole.

Councilman Michael Madigan estimated the size of the hole near the corner of Whitehaven and Baseline roads to be as large as the judge's bench at Town Hall.

"It's a pretty big hole," agreed Supervisor Nathan McMurray.

Town Attorney Peter C. Godfrey said the collapse of the drainage structure requires immediate action and the board is allowed to suspend its rules and take whatever action is necessary for emergency repair. The cost of the project is not to exceed $300,000. The board plans to vote on the expenditure at its next meeting on June 5.

McMurray said the site is not dangerous, but asked the public to avoid the area.

"There is a sinkhole around the (sewer) line that needs significant repair. We have to find out what caused this," he said.

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