Andrews Council business

The Andrews Town Council discussed several department reports and reviewed minor items from old business during the Monday, Feb. 8, council meeting.

Old business included information regarding the foundation and interior issues located at 237 Columbia Street. According to Council President John Harshbarger, there was no indication of progress on the property and council is waiting to hear back from the town lawyer before moving forward on taking action on the property.

Harshbarger also relayed a message from Eric Woodmansee, of AME Consulting. Woodmansee had planned to be present at the Feb. 8 meeting with a finished proposal for the Community Crossings Matching Grant (CCMG), but did not have the proposal completed. According to Harshbarger, Woodmansee plans to have the proposal ready by the next scheduled council meeting.

The council is still looking for someone to fill a spot on the Board of Zoning Appeals. One person had been previously contacted for the position but declined the position.

During department reports, Austin Bullock of the Andrews Police Department made several announcements, the first being that the department’s new police vehicle had arrived and that the department’s old Tahoe had been traded in. Equipment installations are being made on the new vehicle.

Bullock also announced that the County Commissioners had done a study on a portion of 200 North to better decide proper speed limits. A portion of the road will now have a 40 mile per hour speed limit.

Due to several complaints received by Andrews Elementary School and parents of students, the department has ordered more signs denoting a school zone.

Bullock also explained that plans to purchase new radios for the department should be made. Much like the issues that the fire department has had with radio supplies, the police department’s radios will soon be obsolete and the company that makes their current radios will not provide replacement parts if damages occur.

In unrelated business, Dillon explained that the county commissioners will be providing recycling totes that will better aid communities in gathering their recyclables. Three-hundred totes will be made available to the town of Andrews at no charge, should the town accept them.

“We don’t need 300 of them,” Dillon said. “That’s for sure.”

Being unsure of the need for the totes, the council opted to wait on making a final decision.

Clerk-Treasurer Laury Powell shared that the town had received correspondence from the Huntington North High School Post Prom Committee, asking for donations for the 2021 Post Prom. The council opted to decline on making a donation, as they had never done so in the past.

In other business, Bullock also asked for permission to use town property as a location for an instructor meeting in March. The meeting would provide county and town officers with training on tazer and pepper spray use. The request was approved.