Andrews council votes additional funding for library project

The Andrews Town Council learned during its Monday, Jan. 14, meeting that the Andrews Public Library would require additional funding in order to finance its expansion project.

Nancy Disbro, the library's director, said that bids for the expansion project were higher than anticipated, with even the lowest bid coming in at $40,000 over what was expected.

Disbro requested funds from the council and emphasized that a contribution would strengthen her case when appearing before the county to make the same request.

The council voted 2-1 to provide the library with $10,000 from the CEDIT fund and $10,000 from the Andrews economic development fund. President John Harshbarger and Councilman Ray Tackett supported the motion while Councilman Mike Rohler voted against it, preferring instead to provide a smaller sum initially.

At Disbro's request, the council voted to table awarding the expansion project, which was to occur at its next meeting, until the library acquires the necessary funds.

The council voted to table the second reading of the 2013 salary ordinance until its next meeting after Rohler noted a discrepancy in the ordinance as presented for its second reading in comparison to the first.

"We need to have it reformatted, re-typed back up and readdressed for another first reading," said Rohler.

A motion to change the council's meeting schedule to the second and fourth Monday of every month at 6 p.m. passed unanimously. The council voted to add the second meeting per month as it felt that one meeting was no longer adequate, given all the matters it is currently handling. In the event of a holiday falling on either the second or fourth Monday of a given month, the council would meet on Tuesday.

In other business:

Several appointments were made. The council voted to appoint Rohler to the Huntington County Economic Development board; Clerk/Treasurer Bill Johnson to the Huntington County Commissioners CEDIT board; Volunteer Fire Chief Tom Wuensch to the EMA advisory council; and Tackett was appointed the town's ADA coordinator.

Several resolutions were passed. Resolution 2013-1 balanced the 2012 budget; 2013-2 approved the council's change in software; 2013-3 transferred $25,000 from the wastewater improvement fund to the wastewater operating fund; and 2013-4 transferred $35,000 from CEDIT to the library fund.

Sealed bids for mowers, tractors and other items in the town's possession were opened. The council selected the winning bids and raised approximately $2,200.