Andrews council suspends pair of reserve officers pending review

Andrews Town Councilman Ray Tackett voiced disapproval with two of the town's reserve police officers during the council's Monday, July 8 meeting.

Tackett stated that he believed one of the officers was currently conducting himself in an unprofessional manner and that the other, due to transgressions prior to his employment with the town that have come to light, should not have been hired.

Tackett noted that he had received phone calls from citizens that share his disapproval with the officers and recommended to his fellow council members that both officers be relieved of their duties.

Council President John Harshbarger and Vice President Mike Rohler responded that they would be in favor of suspending the officers while an investigation into each one was carried out.

A motion to suspend the officers passed, with Harshbarger and Rohler voting in favor of it and Tackett opposed.

Council established a protocol for how citizens can get reimbursed for up to half the cost of a sidewalk construction project.

"It encourages residents to upgrade their sidewalk, especially the ones that are in bad disrepair," said Clerk-Treasurer Bill Johnson of the protocol. "The way we set it up tonight, the town basically has full control over both the contracting and the bidding, and to insure the quality of the job by both a pre-pour inspection and a final inspection, before the town will then submit the funding to pay the contractor and then we'll bill the homeowner for half the cost of what the town dispersed to pay for the project."

Johnson said that Bethesda Freewill Baptist Church and a citizen had each brought cost sheets to council that they would like to be reimbursed for. In order to do that, Johnson said that Utility Superintendent Colin Bullock would conduct a pre-pour inspection at the church and a final inspection at the citizen's residence to make sure that the town's specifications were satisfied.

In other business:

Johnson said that an animal ordinance modeled after Markle's would be presented at the council's next meeting.

Andrews Park Team Member Rick Wright presented council with the only bid he received for work to be performed on the park's tennis court. The work would involve mending cracks in the court and council voted to accept the bid.

A public hearing pertaining to the town's vacation of an unimproved portion of Alabama Street to a citizen will be held on Monday, July 22, at 6 p.m., prior to the council's regular meeting.