Andrews council holds public hearing for pursuit of grant

The Andrews Town Council held a public hearing regarding its pursuit of a grant to fund the construction of a stormwater system on McKeever Street prior to its regular meeting on Monday, July 9.

Mitch Hansel, senior project manager with civil engineering firm Fleis & VandenBrink, spoke about the scope of the project, noting that the proposed stormwater system would run from Leedy Lane to Main Street on McKeever Street.

Shaun Tilghman, community development planner with Region 3A, then explained how the town’s grant application would be processed. Tilghman stated the application, which will be submitted to the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, would be assessed in five categories: national objective, community distress factors, local match contribution, project design factors and project sustainability. He noted that OCRA would assign the application a score, with 700 representing a perfect score and 420 representing the minimum score to be eligible for the grant.

To satisfy the local match contribution category, council passed Resolution 2018-3, which commits $150,000 in CEDIT funds to the project. The total of the grant being pursued by the town is $600,000.

The deadline to apply for the grant is July 20.

In other business:

Utility Superintendent Colin Bullock was given permission to spend $4,500 on a device that locates utility lines. Bullock explained that the purchase of such a device would save the town money in the long run as it would no longer have to pay contractors to locate lines.

Council discussed spending $2,500 on a system that would enable the town to automatically draft utility payments from consenting residents’ bank accounts. Before authorizing the expenditure, the board expressed a desire to gauge residents’ interest in such a service. Clerk-Treasurer Laura Dillon noted that that could be accomplished by making mention of it to residents on their upcoming utility bills.