Wyoming neighbors sick of unfixed sinkhole

A sinkhole in Wyoming. (Aug. 18, 2014)

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — There is growing concern about a growing sinkhole in the city of Wyoming that neighbors say they have complained about for months.

The hole is next to a catch basin grate on 41st Street between Division and Buchanan avenues and is more than two feet wide.

“It gets bigger and bigger,” said Sarah Moore, who started photographing the hole after she noticed it along the curb in front of her home.

Moore said she has complained to the city about the issue that she says is a safety concern for her children.

“Hopefully they don’t fall in,” she said. “[A city official] said ‘Well, there’s numerous ones like that around,’ and when they get a chance they’ll get to it.”

Across the street from Moore’s home, Jarrie Schumaker said she has also complained about the hole. She said one Wyoming city representative asked her to stop calling about it.

Schumaker said her initial complaint was in late May or early June. She said all city workers have done is put up a cone and construction sign over the hole.

“We’ve done our part. We’ve notified the proper authorities,” Schumaker said. “I would like to see the city come in and fix it and fix it right… They gotta do something soon.”

When contacted by a 24 Hour News 8 producer, a representative for the city said that they would fix the hole by the end of the week. The city official said he didn’t have information about how long the city had been aware of the hole.

Neighbors say they’ve heard promises that the hole would be fixed before.

“It’ll probably be there until next year,” Moore said. “But now that you’re here, maybe they’ll fix it.”

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