New contractor hired for Andrews Park project

Paul Brinson, of Zahm Excavating of Huntington, works to level part of the lawn in front of the Andrews Park pavilion on Thursday, Nov. 12. The Andrews Park committee recently approved the project, which is part of a beautification endeavor at the park.
Paul Brinson, of Zahm Excavating of Huntington, works to level part of the lawn in front of the Andrews Park pavilion on Thursday, Nov. 12. The Andrews Park committee recently approved the project, which is part of a beautification endeavor at the park. Photo by Andre B. Laird.

The Andrews Town Council, on behalf of the Andrews Park Committee, awarded a contract to Zahm Excavating for the removal of a concrete slab at the Andrews Park at the council's meeting on Monday, Nov. 9.

In addition to the park contract, the council also re-authorized the use of credit cards by town employees.

Employees have been barred from using credit cards since the council's meeting on July 29, after Councilman Ray Tackett felt that the credit cards should be kept at the clerk-treasurer's office instead of with the employees who frequently use the cards.

At that time, the council decided to stop using the town credit cards until further action could be agreed upon. Tackett was the lone dissenting vote in the decision to use the cards again.

The council also authorized the purchase of a new police car for $10,995, to bring the total number of police vehicles back to three after a car was destroyed in a collision earlier this year. Council President Karl Shockome and Councilwoman Fran Felts voted in favor and Tackett voted against the motion.

The council also discussed the use of an Andrews fire truck in a wedding earlier this year. Shockome stood by his decision to authorize the use of the truck in the event, and Fire Chief Tom Weunsch mentioned that a local business had donated fuel to the fire department for use in the wedding.

However, Clerk-Treasurer Bill Johnson informed the council that the Indiana State Board of Accounts said that reimbursement for the use of the fire truck should be forthcoming from the individuals involved with its use.