Andrews dismisses 2 reserve policemen

The Andrews Town Council dismissed two of the town's reserve police officers during its Monday, July 22, meeting.

Council voted to suspend Paul Weicht and Brody Cook during its last meeting on July 8, pending reviews.
Ultimately, council decided it was in the best interests of the town and of the officers to relieve them of their duties. Council cited conduct unbecoming of an officer as the reason for dismissing each.

Council made changes to the sidewalk replacement procedure that was discussed at its last meeting. Under the procedure, a homeowner can be reimbursed by the town for up to 50 percent of the cost of improving their sidewalk.

Under the amended procedure, a homeowner will fill out an application and approach council with a quote from a contractor. Someone from the council will then conduct a pre-pour inspection at the site where work is to be performed. Following that, the homeowner pays the contractor half the cost of the job. After the job is finished, another inspection will be conducted to ensure that the work meets the town's standards and then the town will pay the contractor the remaining balance.

Council approved $105,759 for the purchase of radio-read water meters. Under a lease agreement, the town will make 36 monthly payments of $3,056 and take ownership of the meters upon payment of the balance. The new meters, which will enable the town to check meter readings remotely, will be installed over the next six months, said Clerk-Treasurer Bill Johnson.

In other business:

Town Marshal Curt VanOver specified that in order to be a reserve with the Andrews Police Department, one must be 21 years of age, have no discrepancies in their background, have not been charged with a felony or domestic battery and live in Huntington County.

The alley next to Snyder's Auction House will be paved, with council voting to accept a bid on the job from Sommers Asphalt.

Citizens will be receiving fair housing brochures in the mail, which Johnson says is being done in order to receive a grant from the Office of Community and Rural affairs for the Andrew-Dallas Township Public Library expansion project.

Johnson stated that the public hearing for the town's 2014 budget would be held on Sept. 9, with Oct. 12 set as the date for its adoption.