Andrews closer to having streets repaved

The Andrews Town Council is one step closer to having streets in town repaved after its meeting on Monday, April 10.

The board opened bids for the repaving project from Brooks Construction and E&B Paving, totaling $119,977 and $113,296, respectively. The streets to be repaved were flagged as needing attention by consulting firm Jones Petrie Rafinski (JPR), which assessed every street in town and assigned scores of 1 to 10, with lowly scored streets being the top priorities. Streets that were assessed scores from 1 to 4 will be addressed by the project.

Jay Stankiewicz, of JPR, will examine the bids and make a recommendation to council at its next meeting, on April 24, which bid it should select.

The board is addressing streets after receiving a Community Crossings matching grant from the state last year that will cover half the cost of repaving.

Utility Superintendent Colin Bullock reported that specifications for the town’s new wastewater treatment plant had been sent to construction companies and that he was waiting to hear back from them. Bullock also noted that work had begun on repairing water leaks around town, in compliance with the town’s agreed order from the Indiana Department on Environmental Management.

Council fielded a request from Phil and Mary Graves to park their camper, which they reside in, on land they hope to purchase from Dortha Beachy. The land, located at 821 N. Market St., boasts a concrete pad for the camper, as well as the necessary hookups for utilities. Mary Graves explained that the camper would only be parked there occasionally, as she and her husband intend to travel around the country. The board had no problems with the arrangement.

Council also listened to a request by Glen Fisher, of Bethesda Freewill Baptist Church, to permit the church to hang wiring from two utility poles to a digital sign that it would like to place in its parking lot. Fisher noted that the sign’s power would derive from the electricity already coming to the church. The board approved the use of the poles.

In other business:

Council awarded Town Marshal Austin Bullock a $2,000 merit raise. The board also pledged to reassess Bullock’s salary when it begins the 2018 budgeting process.

Shanna Reinier was named the town’s ADA coordinator. In that role, Reinier will keep the town abreast of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and advocate for disabled individuals in town.