Andrews TC talks wastewater treatment plants

Topics relating to the current wastewater treatment plant in Andrews and the facility that will be replacing it were discussed at the Andrews Town Council meeting on Monday, April 9.

Utility Superintendent Colin Bullock reported that the headworks pump at the current plant had failed last week. With that plant closing this year, rather than spend money on a replacement pump, Bullock made arrangements to have a temporary, diesel-powered pump brought up to the plant from Indianapolis. That pump, noted Bullock, arrived at the plant the same day the other pump failed and successfully replaced it.

The temporary pump has since been removed, said Bullock, and an electric setup now performs the pump’s functions.

As the process of transitioning from the current wastewater plant to the new one unfolds, Councilman John Harshbarger discussed the fate of the old plant’s generator. The unit, he suggested, could be put to use at the town’s fire station.
However, as that generator is larger than what the fire station would need, Fire Chief Tom Wuensch inquired if the unit could be sold or traded for one that would better suit the station. Council was receptive to the idea and resolved to work with Wuensch and Dallas Township Trustee Julie Newsome on the matter.

The board received an update on the construction of the new wastewater plant from Bryce Froderman, of engineering firm Strand Associates. Froderman reported that concrete pours at the plant would be finishing up this week. He also noted that millwrights had visited the plant earlier that day to start putting in clarifier equipment.

In other business:

• Clerk-Treasurer Laura Dillon stated that voting would not be offered this election cycle at Town Hall.

•  The Utility Department and Andrews Volunteer Fire Department will soon begin flushing fire hydrants. Bullock stated that he hoped to begin that process toward the end of the month or at the start of May.

• Wuensch was granted permission to purchase an e-cutter for $8,000. The tool, which is also known as the “jaws of life,” will be paid for using $2,000 from the fire department’s budget and $6,000 in funds that were raised for the department at a recent benefit.

• Council was reminded of two dinners that will be occurring in town this month. Bethesda Free Will Baptist Church, in collaboration with the Andrews Lions Club, will host a fish and chicken dinner on Friday, April 13, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Later in the month, the Andrews Summer Festival Committee will hold a beef and noodle/chicken and noodle dinner on Saturday, April 21, at the fire station from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

• Huntington County Circuit Court Judge Jamie Groves, who is running for re-election, introduced himself at the meeting and described his platform for attendees.