Andrews council discusses Antioch clean-up again

The Andrews Town Council discussed the status of the clean-up process at Antioch Mobile Home Park at its meeting on Monday, Feb. 10.

Council President John Harshbarger stated that one of the two remaining mobile homes at the park needing to be removed had been partially demolished on Feb. 5. That work, he said, had been done at the direction of Brian Salerno, the managing member of Antioch Mobile Home Park LLC.

As for the removal of the remainder of that mobile home, plus the demolition of the other home, Harshbarger said that the work would be completed by either a contractor working for Salerno or by Amor Excavating, which council hired to work at the mobile home park at its meeting on Jan. 27. Should the remaining work be completed by Amor, council will send Antioch Mobile Home Park LLC the subsequent bill.

Utility Superintendent Colin Bullock provided an update on the town’s efforts to facilitate the construction of a Dollar General store near town. Bullock stated that a survey of the site where the store would be constructed, near the intersection of Ind.-105 and U.S.-24, had been completed. The survey, he noted, was a necessary step in order to obtain a required permit from the state.

Once Dollar General obtains the necessary local permits, Bullock estimated that work could begin at the site by mid-March.

Council disputed the notion that the town was covering all of the costs associated with the Dollar General project. Harshbarger stated that the cost of boring under the Wabash River, for instance, to connect the store to the town’s wastewater treatment plant would be an expense that Dollar General and the town split evenly.

Regarding the stormwater project on East McKeever Street, the board stated that the town had almost finished acquiring the necessary rights of way for the project.

“The reason that we have to acquire the rights of way is because we can’t get a grant to put our project on private land; we have to own the property,” explained Harshbarger. “And some of those properties went to the middle of the street.”

The final right of way the town needs to acquire will be a process that involves not only a homeowner, but a bank, as there is a mortgage on the property in question, said council.