Lapel - Member of the Lapel Town Council said the town will have to pay up to $29,000 for repairs to its south well that feeds into the municipal water system.
On Sept. 14, officials were called to the well site after pipes backed up and burst inside the well house. Eventually, there was enough water that the pressure blew the doors off the building, Council President Gary Shuck said.
The well is located south of Lapel on the west side of Ind. 13 and north of Ind. 38, Councilman Tony Pearson said.
Pearson said the south well is the newest of the town’s three wells and was drilled about 14 years ago. Insurance is expected to pay for damage that exceeds $29,000.
“We don’t know what caused it, though. We’ll have to wait until we get in there to see if it was an electrical failure or just what caused it,” Pearson said.
The council also conducted a public hearing to approve the 2014 budget. The total proposed for next year’s General Fund is $698,300. Clerk-treasurer Tom Tudor said the amount represents a small increase compared to the 2013 budget and includes a 3 percent pay raise for the police department.