Andrews council discusses school parking space

The Andrews Town Council discussed the need for a larger parking lot at Andrews Elementary School during its meeting on Monday, June 25.

Andrews resident Julie Newsome sparked the discussion, remarking that the school’s parking lot was too small to accommodate the crowds that show up for events such as concerts at the school. She also commented that the small lot caused congested traffic situations during the after-school student pick-up period.

Council stated that the town had given land to the school in 2014 that would enable it to expand its parking lot, but that it never ended up developing that land. The board informed Newsome that it would request that Tim Allen, the District 4 representative on the Huntington County Community School Board of School Trustees, attend council’s meeting on July 23 to discuss the issue further and identify a solution.

In other business:

• Town Marshall Austin Bullock reported that the town’s deputy marshal, Joseph Becker, had resigned. Becker, who was hired last June, will work through July 6. Bullock noted that he would be accepting applications for Becker’s replacement through July 13.

• There will be a public hearing at council’s next meeting, July 9, regarding the town’s pursuit of a community development block grant through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs that would fund the installation of stormwater system on McKeever Street. Council President Bill Johnson stated that he had learned there were nine applicants for the grant and that five awards were expected to be made. Given the town’s formation of a stormwater management board and implementation of stormwater fees, Johnson expressed confidence that Andrews would receive a grant.

• Dean Young, of the Andrews Volunteer Fire Department, announced that the department would be holding a fund-raiser golf outing at Clear Creek Golf Course, in Huntington, on Saturday, June 30, at 9 a.m. Young noted that registrations would be accepted the day of the event.