Andrews sewer plant to get some upgrades

Toby Steffen, of civil engineering firm Butler, Fairman & Seufert, spoke to the Andrews Town Council about making improvements to its wastewater treatment plant during its Monday, May 13, meeting.

The plant has had no major repairs done to it since its construction in 1981, says Clerk-Treasurer Bill Johnson, and Steffen found several areas that needed to be addressed.

Steffen's recommendations included installing new bar screens, grit removal equipment and raw sewage pumps, as well as repairing the building itself, which has a bad roof.

Ed Welling, the architect of the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library expansion project, recommended to council that it accept the bid of $437,470, which was the low bid, from Gibson-Lewis LLC to do the project. A motion to accept Welling's recommendation passed unanimously.

Five new reserve deputies were sworn in to the Andrews Police Department. They are Brodie Cook, Jeremy Snow, Joshua Young, Michael Young and Paul Weicht.

In other business:
Councilman Ray Tackett announced that Andrews' summer festival is tentatively scheduled to be held on Aug. 16-17.

Johnson recommended hiring the web designer who built Markle's website to complete Andrews' website for $2,500. Council accepted the recommendation.

Tackett announced that the Shepherd's Food Pantry in Andrews would be holding a food distribution day today, Thursday, May 16. Boxes of food are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. The pantry is located at 67 N. Snowden, Andrews, in the old Union Building behind the town hall.