Ornery water well fixed enough to open Splash Pad


An uncooperative water well prone to interrupted operation has been - well, not fixed, but somewhat mended - allowing Madisonville Public Works employees to activate the Splash Pad at Lake Madison Park this week.

“Yes, Water Well #3 is running, but I don’t know the answer yet,” Kevin Story, director of Public Works told the city council at Monday’s regular meeting. “What’s going on with the power, I don’t know.”

Story explained to council members that each well has a “motor saver,” a regulator designed to protect well motors from electricity overloads and underloads. The manufacturer of the regulators set an allowance of five percent, which has been the average overload at Water Well #3. After a call to ensure that the manufacturer’s warranty would still be honored if the variance was reset to seven percent, city workers adjusted the regulator and the well is operating without “tripping” and shutting off.

The operational well allowed Story to say he would open the Splash Pad on Tuesday. City officials had hoped to open the attraction on April 16 but were foiled with the breaker issue.

Story said he had consulted outside electricians and other experts for a diagnosis for the motor saver, but had come up empty. A call to electricity provider Entergy, the likeliest suspect for the overloading issue, likewise proved unfruitful.

Story hopes that once they get the well running for a while and gather some data points, the mystery of the tripped breakers will become clear, as will the solution.

“If it is Entergy, then they will get that fixed,” he told the council.

Monday’s city council meeting was the first for Jessie Jaenicki and Brady Taylor, who were elected to the panel on May 4. The two newest members were treated to what counts as a lengthy meeting for the Madisonville City Council, a little more than a half hour.

During the meeting, council members were informed that the city will be receiving a $1.2 million grant from TxDOT Aviation to strengthen the runways at the city airport.

They were also told by Madisonville Chief of Police Herbert Gilbert that there have been no reported burglaries in the city for the past three months. Gilbert chalked that up to officers being more attentive, but also pointed to a contemporaneous rise in suspicious person/vehicle reports to suggest citizens themselves are being more vigilant.