Andrews council discusses need to get construction insurance

The Andrews Town Council, meeting on Monday, July 24, discussed getting an insurance policy in place for the town’s wastewater treatment plant construction project.

The board hoped to move quickly on shoring up insurance as construction on the plant is now in progress.

Council had intended for Mettler Agency in Huntington to prepare the policy, but that had not been accomplished as of the meeting. The board discussed having the project’s contractor, Thieneman Construction, write the policy instead. Clerk-Treasurer Laura Dillon speculated that the contractor could have insurance in place by Wednesday, July 26.

Dillon advised council to have a member call Mettler Agency the following day, Tuesday, July 25, to get an update on the policy’s completion. The board also directed Dillon to initiate talks with the contractor about taking over insurance responsibilities. Councilman John Harshbarger stated that council would go with whomever could produce a policy more quickly.

At the behest of council and the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development (DCD), the homeowners of 195 W. Jefferson St. appeared at the meeting and agreed to clean up their property. The board gave them 30 days to make improvements to the property. If council and DCD are satisfied with their progress, the 30-day deadline will be extended.

In other business:

• Council noted that all of the work on streets and curbs in town had been completed for the year. A total of $89,508 was spent on that labor, with the state providing half of those funds via a Community Crossings matching grant. The town paid for its half of the bill using local option tax dollars that were refunded to it by the state.

• The board decided to not pay for mosquito spraying in town. Harshbarger noted that pursuing that service would entail committing to an ongoing program, which council was not interested in. However, Harshbarger stated that the board would revisit the topic if mosquito-borne diseases, like West Nile virus, surfaced in the area.

• Adam Vogleman, the new owner of 21 S. Maple St., talked with council about the property’s outstanding water bill of $1,500. Vogleman agreed to pay the portion of the bill that was liened on the property while the board will pursue the rest of the money from the property’s former owners.

• Council noted that the Andrews Municipal Building does not currently serve as a storm shelter, after a citizen expressed interest in taking cover there during a recent storm. The board stated that it would speak to Bethesda FreeWill Baptist Church, at 116 S. Main St., about allowing the church’s basement to be used as a shelter during inclement weather.

• Council waived the fee for garage sale permits during the Andrews Summer Festival, which is set for Friday, Aug. 11, and Saturday, Aug. 12. The board also made a donation to the Andrews Lions Club that will go toward the festival’s parade.