Inspecting septic tanks at public parks

NEWS4JAX STARTS RIGHT NOW >>> TOM: LOVED ONES MOURN THE DEBT OF THREE-YEAR-OLD BOY

IN AN HOUR THE FAMILY WILL HOLD A VIGIL IN HIS MEMORY IN ARLINGTON AT BRUCE PARK THAT IS WHERE THE TODDLER WAS FOUND DEAD IN A SEPTIC TANK AFTER DISAPPEARING AT A CHARITY EVENT POLICE DO NOT KNOW HOW HE GOT IN THE TANK TODAY, THE WE VISITED OTHER PARKS IN JACKSONVILLE TO LOOK AT THEIR SYSTEMS TO CHECK FOR PROBLEMS OR HAZARDS WE HAVE CREWS COVERING THE TRAGEDY AND START WITH JIM

>>> JIM: I HAVE BEEN ACROSS THE CITY LOOKING AT DIFFERENT PARKS AND THE SEPTIC TANK SYSTEMS I AM TRYING TO FIND OUT IF THERE IS NOTHING SMITH WHERE THE BOY DIED WE ARREST ON THE NORTH SIGH, DO YOU SEE THIS TOP? THIS IS VERY SIMILAR TO WHAT WE SAW WHERE THE LITTLE BOY FELL IN IT IS A SOFT TOP IT IS FILMCY

THIS IS WHAT THE MAYOR WAS TALKING ABOUT YESTERDAY SAYING THERE IS ONE WE LOOKED TODAY TO SEE WHAT TYPE OF PROBLEMS EXIST >> THIS IS OUR FIRST STOP, WITH PROBLEMS RIGHT OFF THE BAT SEVERAL BOLTS ARE MISSING ON THE TOP IT IS SECURE BUT CAN YOU SEE A PLACE WHERE A BOLT IS SUPPOSED TO GO IS BROKEN BEHIND A BUILDING NOW WHERE KIDS PLAY NOT LIKE WHERE THE BOY DIED

BUT KIDS CAN WANDER FROM VIEW AT ANOTHER PARK IN THE AREA THERE WERE MORE PROTECT CAUTION THE AROUND THE AROUND THE THE THE D THE — SYSTEM, WITH KIDS PLAYING CLOSE BY I TALKED FOR THE PARENTS >> DO YOU WORRY ABOUT THE CITY PARKS? WE ARE LOOKING TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS COVERED AND IT IS IT IS 70ED OFF DO YOU FEEL SAFE WITH THE KID THE SENATE OUGHT AT MARKET, YES — AT THE PARK, YES, BUT NOT ALL PARKS

>> I VISITED 15 PARKS ON THE NORTH SIDE, EAST SIDE, AND WEST SIDE IN ALL, 11 LOCATIONS I FOUND AN ABUNDANCE OF SAFETY PRECAUTIONS WITH LOCKED 15S AND METAL PLATES SOME WITH PADLOCK ON THE TANKS TWO HAD LOCKED BUILDINGS AND ONLY CERTAIN PEOPLE HAVE ACCESS THREE OF THE LOCATIONS WE CHECKED THERE WERE HEAVY CEMENT COVERS >> THIS IS WHAT WE FOUND ON THE NORTH SIDE, CONCRETE LIDS BUT YOU CAN SEE THEY HAVE BEEN RECENTLY CEMENTED, OBVIOUSLY, SOME TIME REPAIR TOOK PLACE RECENTLY BECAUSE THERE IS STILL DIRT

THAT IS ON BOTH OF THE TANK COVERS SO, WE DON'T KNOW IF THEY WERE CRACKED AND THAT IS WHY THEY MADE THE REPAIRS BUT IT WILL BE HARD TO GET INSIDE THE CITY DID REPORT LAST FEBRUARY THAT THERE WERE PROBLEMS AT THE PARK, AND THE REPAIRS EVERYONE MADE THE MAYOR SAID THAT WORKERS ARE REVIEWING EACH PARK TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE SAFE WE ARE DOING THE SAME THING

>> WE STILL HAVE A LOT OF QUESTIONS PARTICULARLY HERE, WHY THEY ARE STILL USING THIS, AND THE MAYOR TALKED ABOUT THIS AND WE ASKED HIM BECAUSE THIS IS NOT ON THE LIST THEY SENT US SHOWING PROBLEMS OR PARKS THAT HAVE THE SYSTEMS THEY ARE CHECKING IT TO SEE WHY IT WAS NOT INCLUDED ON THE LIST WE WILL FIND OUT WHAT TYPE O INSPECTIONS THEY ARE DOING WE ARE ON THE NORTH SIDE FOR CHANNEL 4, THE LOCAL STATION >> WE FOUND THERE ARE SEVERAL MATERIALS USED TO COVER THE SEPTIC TANKS AND NOT ALL OF THEM ARE SECURE

WE WENT TO ONE PARK IN ARLINGTON AND FOUND PADLOCK COVERS OVER THE TAMPS YOU NEED A KEY TO OPEN THEM TODAY AT ANOTHER PARK WE FOUND A COVER WITH RUSTY CREWS — SCREWS >> THE CITY WORKER I SPOKE WITH SAID THEY WERE NOW AWAY OF THE ISSUE WE WENT TO THREE PARKS TODAY, INCLUDING WHERE WE FOUND THE OBVIOUS DANGER

>> IT IS A HOLE BIG ENOUGH FOR A SMALL CHILD TO FALL INTO AN UNDERGROUND SEWAGE TANK WE FOUND THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE BOLTED DOWN AND SECURED >> THAT SHOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED PERIOD WE HAVE A KID PLAYING IN THE WOODS THERE BUT THEY ARE SUPERVISED, THE TEACHERS AND STUFF

>> IT DID NOT TAKE A LAST EFFORT FOR ME TO OPEN UP THE COVER IT APPEARS TO BE SEVERAL FEET DEEP AND IT SMELLS OF HUMAN WASTE THE COVER WAS SECURE WITH THE PAD LOOK BUT THE SCREWS ARE OLD AND RUSTED >> THAT SCREW? OBVIOUSLY THAT IS NOT SECURED

>> WE SHOWED WHAT WE FOUND TO A MAINTENANCE WORKER WHO SAID THE PROBLEM WOULD BE REPAIRED IMMEDIATELY >> THERE WERE NO OTHER OBVIOUS ISSUES AT THE OTHER ACCESS AREAS BUT WE NOTICED A DIFFERENCE IN HOW DIFFERENT PARKS PROTECT THE TANKS AT ONE, SEWAGE TANK AREAS ARE FENCED IN AND IT IS DIFFICULT FOR A SMALL CHILD TO GAIN ACCESS >> THE SCREW THAT HOLDS THE COVER DOWN HAS CORRODED THE BATHROOM IS 100 YARDS AWAY FROM T OCEAN

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