Andrews board decides to raze Colorado St. property

The Andrews Town Council decided to move forward with the demolition of a property that it had previously spared during its Monday, Oct. 28, meeting.

The property, located at 760 N. Colorado St., was spared when the homeowner, Vicki Harris, informed council during its Oct. 15 meeting that she would take down the property herself, which prompted council to table bids regarding the property's demolition.

Council had a change of heart, however, when it observed that the homeowner had not been good on her word and the amount of work performed on the property since the last council meeting was minimal.

Council decided to move forward with sending the homeowner a letter stating that plans to raze her property were back on. Bids for the demolition job will be sought once more. Council set the bidding deadline at Nov. 5, when it will have a special meeting at town hall at 10 a.m. to open the bids.

The involvement of the Andrews Volunteer Fire Department in providing aid to Huntington Township will also be discussed at the special meeting.

Resolution 2013-7, a capital improvement plan, was discussed during the meeting. Clerk-Treasurer Bill Johnson stated that the plan forecasts where the town believes CEDIT monies will go over the next two years, streamlining the process of requesting funds from the CEDIT advisory group. The resolution passed unanimously.
The town's appointment to the Norwood Board comes up at the end of the year and council discussed whether or not current appointee Chris Urschel would be retained.

Councilman Ray Tackett said he believed the position should be filled by an Andrews resident, rather than by Urschel, a Bippus resident. Tackett contended that an Andrews resident would be able to better represent the interests of the town.

Council heeded Tackett's advice and will see if any citizens are interested in the position before moving forward any further.

In other business:

Council voted 3-0 to permit Rick Wright, of RLW Enterprises Inc., to begin work on providing electricity to two pole barns at the end of Terrell Street. Council hopes the buildings will provide needed storage space for the town's equipment.

Cathy Johnson, of the Andrews Summer Festival Committee, asked council if it would sponsor a bounce house at the Harvest Fund-raiser, to be held Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Andrews Community Building, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Proceeds from the event will go toward the Andrews Summer Festival. Council agreed to sponsor the bounce house, for a cost of $125.

Council transferred the role of town ordinance officer from Utility Superintendent Colin Bullock to Town Marshal Curt VanOver as Bullock's busy schedule limits his availability to serve the town in that role.