Council discusses park issues


The Madisonville City Council found that its plan for a splash park may be sinking into a bog, and that a second site may need to be found in order to finish construction.

Kevin Story, director of water and sewer for the city, said that during beginning phases of construction and the original site, workers noticed that equipment kept sinking into the ground. Research showed the area may be composed of soil that won’t hold the weight of the splash pad.

He also said that should the city move to a secondary site, or delay the project to have the soil tested, it could put the grand opening after the July 4 holiday.

A secondary site for the pad was selected, and is near the baseball fields on the northeast side of the park, Story said.

City Manager Camilla Viator pointed out that it was Story found the problem, and she was a little concerned that the construction company did not think it was an issue.

Council members directed Story to have the soil at both sites tested.

In a separate matter, the council passed an ordinance that approved a negotiated rate settlement for Atmos Energy of $29.9 million.

Chace Murphy, manager of public affairs for Atmos, said the average increase in a homeowner’s gas bill will be about $1.26 per month.

In other business, the city:

•approved budget amendments for the second quarter budget;

•postponed an evaluation of the city’s codes and ordinances until it can be budgeted fully;

•approved a change to the city departments that removes the code enforcement officer from the auspices of animal control, and making it code enforcement a separate entitiy; and

•approved a bid of more than $236,000 to Larry Young Construction for street improvement.