Andrews council says yes to new building code

The Andrews Town Council approved a new town building code at its meeting on Monday, Aug. 14.

Mandy Woods, executive director of the Huntington Countywide Dep- artment of Community Development (DCD), presented the code to council during a public hearing at the meeting. Woods explained that the code aligned the town’s existing code with the county’s and also brought it into compliance with the state.

While the board unanimously adopted the ordinance relating to the new code on first and second readings, Woods noted that the state would have to approve the ordinance before it became enforceable.

Council discussed attaining a grant that would help the town fund the creation of an environmental comprehensive plan. Representatives from Region 3A Development and Regional Planning Commission explained that the board could apply for a planning grant through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs that would fund $45,000 of the plan while the town would only have to foot the bill for $5,000 of it.

Council President Bill Johnson described the plan as “something we would need in any other endeavor that we might decide to undertake in the next couple years.” Johnson and his fellow council members informed the Region 3A representatives, along with Woods, that they would be interested in pursuing such a grant. The representatives and Woods responded that they would look into the next steps of that process and report back.

Council adopted Ordinance 2017-10, which puts money from the state into the fund it will use to pay E&B Paving for the work it recently performed in town on streets, curbs and sidewalks. The board also discussed with Jay Stan- kiewicz, of civil engineering firm Fleis & VandenBrink, the status of its latest application for state funds that would finance further road infrastructure work in town. Stankiewicz stated that council should find out if its application had been approved by the end of the month.

In other business:

Town Marshal Austin Bullock informed the board that items had been stolen out of several vehicles in town. Those vehicles, he noted, were either unlocked or had windows in a lowered position, which made it easy for the thieves to get inside them. He informed all residents that they should secure their cars.
Johnson reflected on the Andrews Summer Festival, which ran from Aug. 11 to 12, and praised the event’s planning committee for the work it put into organizing it.