Andrews to take over MHP clean-up process

The Andrews Town Council decided to take over the clean-up process at Antioch Mobile Home Park at its meeting on Monday, Dec. 30.

Marla Stambazze, of Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development, informed council that three mobile homes still needed to be removed from the park, which is located at 200 Wabash Ave. At its meeting on Dec. 9, the board had announced that the deadline for the park’s owner, Brian Salerno, to comply with the order of enforcement hanging over the park was Dec. 30. As Salerno had failed to remove the three aforementioned homes from the park by the deadline, Stambazze recommended that council move forward with soliciting bids for their extraction. Council concurred with that recommendation and announced that bids would be unsealed at its meeting on Monday, Jan. 13.

The board also discussed the status of a Dollar General coming to town. Council noted that the retailer was looking to build a store near the intersection of Ind.-105 and U.S.-24, just outside of town. To that end, the land at that location has been rezoned to commercial, said Council President Bill Johnson. Before construction can begin, noted Councilman John Harshbarger, the board will need to work on getting the store connected to the town’s wastewater system.

At the end of the meeting, Johnson and Councilwoman Bonnie Walker bid farewell to the board, with their terms expiring at year’s end. Harshbarger, who will serve another term on the board, thanked them for their contributions.

“We got a lot of things accomplished over the last four years,” he said.

Johnson noted that the goals he set for the council during his term were for it to be transparent and responsive to citizens’ issues.

“I think we’ve accomplished both those goals,” he said.

Johnson and Walker will be replaced on the council by Roger Newsome Jr. and the town’s departing clerk-treasurer, Laura Dillon.