Andrews TC receives several updates

The Andrews Town Council heard several updates in its Tuesday, Nov. 10, meeting, including seeing a rise on COVID-19 cases in the community, progress on ordinance violation for 63 E. McKeever St., the Stellar Communities program and Community Crossings Matching Grant (CCMG) 2020-2 construction projects.

Council President John Harshbarger brought up the fact that COVID-19 cases are on the rise within Huntington, sparking discussion amongst councilmembers on how to best deal with limiting exposure within Andrews.

“Being a small community, we stand to be more exposed to these people,” Harshbarger said.

Pushing mask wearing, limiting entries to Town Hall and holding virtual meetings were discussed.

Town Hall will remain open for now. This decision will be revisited depending on how the exposure situation progresses over the coming weeks. Doors into offices will remain closed.

“It’s better to be safe than to wish we’d done it later,” Harshbarger said.

During previous council meetings, the caretaker for 63 E. McKeever St., was given until Tuesday’s council meeting to replace the roof on the home. According to Brant Ricker, of the Huntington County Department of Community Development, the roof project was complete. All that is left to be done with the property is a final walkthrough to check on some indoor items that needed to be taken care of.

Councilwoman Laura Dillon presented information regarding Stellar Communities program, a program which started in January 2018 that “provides resources for transformative quality of place, community and regional improvements,” according to the in.gov website.

Currently, the Stellar Communities program is suspended due to COVID-19. Dillon hopes that, should Andrews be able to be a part of the Stellar Communities program, that lights would be installed near the bridge that leads into the town and on main street, as well as some landscaping updates.

Construction crews were given until the end of October to complete paving projects around Andrews, specifically working on McKeever Street. According to Dillon, crews are being fined $500 every day that the project is not completed, which started on Monday Nov. 2.

Eric Woodmansee, of AME Consulting, provided updates to the council, stating he is pushing for storm sewer installation, as well as milling and paving to be completed by the end of the week.

During department reports, Austin Bullock, of the Andrews Police Department, brought up several ordinance violations for dogs on the loose around town, which sparked conversation later in the evening about instances where dogs getting out of their electric fence boundaries have caused issues for Andrews residents.

Bullock also requested the approval to hire Huntington Police Officer Jordan Corral to replace an officer that was leaving for another position. Council approved the request. Bullock also provided photos to the council of 421 Clifton St., sharing the state of the tractor-trailer on the property that was being used for storage, which the council had previously discussed as being in violation of town ordinance. Discussion of modification of the town ordinance had happened at the previous council meeting on Monday, Oct. 26, but was not discussed further.

In other business:

•Council shared that it had only received one quote for new sidewalks, meaning that the issue would have to be tabled until the spring. Three quotes will be needed in order to make a decision and proceed with sidewalk replacement.

• Leaf pickup is still taking place. Those who wish to have leaves picked up at their residence should make contact with the Utitlities Department.