Curbside clean-up day in Andrews on May 3

Andrews Clerk-Treasurer Bill Johnson announced that May 3 would be a curbside cleanup day for the town during the Monday, April 8, meeting of the Andrews Town Council.

Residents will be able to place refuse out by their garbage cans and it will be picked up, Johnson says.
There is a list that establishes what items will and will not be accepted and Johnson said that information would be made available to the public.

Fire Chief Tom Wuensch made a request to council for new equipment. Wuensch requested two new sets of turnout gear, with a cost of $2,100 each, to replace a set that is not the right size and a set that is deteriorating.

New air packs are also badly needed, Wuensch said, as the fire department has only five good packs and 20 firemen.

"The air system we have to fill the packs is outdated," he adds. "I've been on the department for 23 years and it was there when I got there. We need to update all that and we need to update our fill station, because our fill station is out of compliance. That's where you actually fill the bottles."

Council was receptive to Wuensch's request and expressed interest in a plan that saw new equipment phased into the department gradually so as to save money.

In other business:

Council unanimously passed Ordinance 2013-4 on first and second readings, which establishes a reserve police force for the town.

Government Account Executive Steve Potter from Verizon's Government Support Center in Indianapolis spoke to council about switching the town's cellular contract from AT&T to Verizon and the purchase of new phones.
Council voted unanimously to switch to Verizon and will purchase two Droid HD smartphones and four standard flip phones.

A representative from Bethesda Freewill Baptist Church notified council that the church would be working on a nearby sidewalk in order to make it compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. After the work is done, Johnson says, the church will bring the bill to council and half of it will be reimbursed.