Andrews Town Council acts quickly to handle Main St. water main leak

The Andrews Town Council learned that the Main Street water main is leaking approximately 80,000 gallons of water a day and acted to resolve that problem at its meeting on Monday, Jan. 28.

Utility Superintendent Colin Bullock reported the news to council. Bullock explained that the main is riddled with cracks and patches. The condition of the main, he noted, steadily deteriorates as it gets closer to the town’s wastewater treatment plant.

Bullock stated that he had begun soliciting quotes from construction firms to replace the main and that he hoped to conclude that process by Tuesday morning, Jan. 29. Once a firm gets started on the project, Bullock estimated that it could complete the work within a day or two.

In order to approve a quote as soon possible, council set a special meeting for Friday, Feb. 1, at 9 a.m. Given the dire condition of the main, Council President Bill Johnson noted that the board had the authority to select the firm that could start working the soonest, as compared to whichever firm could perform the work at the lowest cost.

In addition to selecting a quote at the special meeting, council will take a vote on approving the final payment request by the construction firm, Thieneman Construction, that has served as the general contractor for the town’s wastewater treatment plant project.

At Thieneman’s behest, Clerk-Treasurer Laura Dillon stated that the town had requested a one-month extension on the project from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. The third extension requested by the town, Dillon reported that OCRA, which awarded the town a $600,000 grant for the project, was displeased that the project was not finished yet. Dillon noted that the project was supposed to have been complete last August and that she was unsure if the extension request would be granted.

In other business:

• Julie Newsome, of the Andrews Summer Festival Committee, noted that community members had expressed interest in seeing a fireworks display at this year’s festival. Council responded that it had no issues with there being a display. Additionally, Tom Wuensch, chief of the Andrews Volunteer Fire Department (AVFD), stated that the fire department would be willing to set off the fireworks, if the display comes to fruition.

• Wuensch informed council that AVFD did not have interest in purchasing a fire engine from the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department.