Andrews council reviews rundown trailers’ status

The Andrews Town Council held a public hearing at its meeting on Monday, Aug. 12, to review the status of rundown trailers in Antioch Mobile Home Park.

Marla Stambazze, of the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development, presented an order of enforcement she had generated, which outlined measures that needed to be taken in order to resolve ordinance violations at the park, which is located at 200 Wabash St. Stambazze stated that six mobile homes needed to be completely removed, while another two needed to be totally renovated or removed.

The order also called for the roof on the park’s maintenance building to be replaced.

Stambazze shared that she had been in contact with the park’s owner, Brian Salerno, about the issues at the property. Salerno, she said, would be in attendance at council’s next meeting, on Monday, Aug. 26, to discuss the park’s problems in more detail. Council President Bill Johnson noted that the board would expect Salerno to present a timeline at that juncture outlining when he anticipated resolving the ordinance violations.

“How he addresses that is where we’ll go forward,” said Stambazze.

In other business:

– Council approved a revised fire contract with Dallas Township. The pact sets the township’s annual compensation to the town at $30,200 for the next two years. The contract that had originally been submitted to the town by the township spanned five years, but council favored a shorter term, enabling it to increase the compensation amount, if need be.

– Dean Young, of the Andrews Volunteer Fire Department, stated that the department’s annual mud bog would take place Saturday, Aug. 17, at the end of Terrel Street at noon. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Jones family.

– Council praised the Andrews Summer Festival Committee for its work planning the festival, which was held Aug. 9 and 10. Johnson lauded the festival as “incredible,” praising the additions of magician Rusty Ammerman and fire-breathing group Bales Fox Fire to the festival’s schedule. Despite the festival’s success, festival committee member Roger Newsome Jr. shared that the committee has less than 10 members and needs assistance planning next year’s festival. Individuals interested in joining the committee should call Festival Chair Julie Newsome at 517-2427.