Andrews updates town’s nuisance ordinance among pair passing council

The Andrews Town Council passed two ordinances during its Monday, June 10, meeting.

In Ordinance 2013-6, the town vacated an unimproved portion of Columbia Street to allow a landowner to build a garage on it.

"The council has been working with him to vacate the street to allow him to do that," says Clerk-Treasurer Bill Johnson. "He's agreed to pay all the legal costs. He's done that. He wrote us a check tonight. So, we're proceeding on with that."

The second ordinance, 2013-7, updated the town's nuisance ordinance. It is modeled after the City of Huntington's, notes Johnson, and has provisions in it for fireworks and graffiti.

In other business:

• Council will hold a special meeting on June 24 at 5 p.m. where the town's department heads will present their 2014 budgets.

• Council remains interested in taking down an old water tower that sits near Andrews Elementary School. Council hopes to have it removed in August before children return to school.

• Councilman Ray Tackett informed council that planning continues on the town's summer festival, now titled "Andrews Festival Days" and set to take place Aug. 16-18. Tackett emphasized that the festival will be more family-oriented than in years past.