Hideaway Hills residents frustration continues with lack of response

Published: Jul. 15, 2020 at 12:28 PM CDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - The sinkhole that revealed a long-abandoned underground gypsum mine in the Hideaway Hills neighborhood in Black Hawk has not gone away, and either has the discussion and frustration of residents.

There was a meeting on Monday evening at the Northdale Sanitary District, with some folks concerned about the potential for waterlines breaking with the shifting land.

Community members came to the board to raise their concerns over the road and the mine continuing to deteriorate. Those affected by the mine say the lack of answers from officials continues to frustrate them.

“You don’t have to look at a half-million-dollar budget, you can look at a smaller one. Just like I told the district dig a couple of holes right at the base of those caverns that are collapsed. These are homeowner solutions and really the county and sanitation district should be as proactive as we are but they are just sitting back and being reactive and it is really frustrating,” Says, Joseph Davis

The board and community members agreed to send out invitations to state lawmakers to attend next month's sanitation meeting where they hope 'face to face' meetings will help lead to getting a special state hearing in Pierre.

Residents want the state to intervene and cancel their mortgage payments, but for now, there’s no official action being taken to make that happen.

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