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Town of Andrews taking first steps to establish redevelopment group

The Town of Andrews is taking preliminary steps to establish a redevelopment commission.

“We have been exploring the possibility of developing some land in or around Andrews for commercial use,” Andrews Town Council President John Harshbarger said during the council’s meeting on Monday, Nov. 28.

The redevelopment commission will be charged with making that happen.

Meetings with Town Attorney Michael Hartburg have established the membership of the council, Harshbarger said, and volunteers will be sought to serve on that council.

The six-member council will include two members named by the town council, three named by the council president and one member of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees.

Council member Bill Johnson, who represents Andrews on the Huntington County Economic Development board, will serve on the Andrews redevelopment commission  by virtue of his position on the HCED board.

Andrews Clerk-Treasurer Laura Dillon will also serve on the town’s redevelopment commission.

“We do have some interested people” for the remaining positions, Har- shbarger noted, asking anyone else interested in serving on the board contact the town council.

The five town-appointed members will serve one-year terms. The school board representative will be a non-voting member and will serve a two-year term.

In other business:

• Council members are seeking people interested in serving on the Norwood Regional Sewer District board. A vacancy on that board must be filled by the end of the year.

“I’d like to see somebody from Andrews on the board,” Harshbarger said.

• Harshbarger presented correspondence received from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management in reference to an IDEM agreed order with the town setting out penalties and remedies for allowing sewage to bypass the treatment plant and flow into the Wabash River.

The town is negotiating that order with IDEM and has offered to identify water leaks and replace pumps and controls at a lift station.

In response, IDEM sent the town an application to be completed to submit the project.

“I thought all along we had been submitting our proposed project,” Harsbarger said. “We’re still in limbo as to whether or not they’re going to accept our proposal.”

• Council members approved a salary ordinance for 2017.

Most employees will receive a 3 percent raise. However, pay for town council members will remain the same at $4,800 annually.

• Town Marshal Austin Bullock said he is sponsoring a training program on Narcan, a medication used to counteract a heroin overdose, on Dec. 15. The session is open to all law enforcement officers and first responders on Huntington County, he said.