COVINGTON, Ky. -- A Covington man who said the city will fine him if he doesn't fix a damaged sewer line that caused a sinkhole can breathe a sigh of relief after a contractor offered to cut the price for repairs by more than half.
Covington’s code enforcement department notified homeowner Eric Smith on August 6 he has 30 days to repair a lateral sewer line that connects his home in the 1700 block of Jefferson Avenue to a sewer mainline.
The issue caused a sinkhole to open in the public roadway, Covington Code Enforcement Officer Tom McDaniel said.
“The broken lateral (causing the sinkhole) is coming from your property,” McDaniel wrote in the notice to Smith. “You will be required to make the necessary repairs.”
If Smith does not repair the issue within the 30-day limit, McDaniel said he must pay $100 to $500 each day in civil fines until it’s fixed.
It costs between $15,000 and $20,000 to fix the problem.
"My fear is it’s going to be so expensive I can’t afford it," Smith said after receiving the notice. "The other fear is if it doesn’t get fixed soon, more could collapse and it could become dangerous.”
After seeing Smith's story, a local contractor offered to cut the price for repairs to $3,500.
Crews will begin digging to fix the line at 9 a.m. Thursday.