Andrews’ leaking water main has temporary fix, council told

A water main in Andrews that was leaking approximately 80,000 gallons of water a day has temporarily been fixed, learned the Andrews Town Council at its meeting on Monday, Feb. 11.

Utility Superintendent Colin Bullock reported that the leaky water main, which runs along Main Street, had been mended through the use of stainless-steel clamps. Originally, Bullock had planned to have the main replaced; to that end, he had gathered quotes from construction firms to present to council for a vote. However, when those quotes came in higher than Bullock was comfortable with, he elected to move forward with repairing the main using clamps.

That solution is just a temporary one, though, he emphasized.

“It’s got so many on it, that’s why we want to replace it,” said Bullock, referring to the high number of clamps on the main.

With the leaking halted and improved weather drawing nearer as winter gets closer to ending, Bullock stated that he would seek quotes for the replacement of the main once more. Those quotes, he said, should be lower than the ones he gathered previously.

Bullock also reported that the town’s high-service pump that needed refurbished had been disassembled by him and his staff. Doing that work in-house, he estimated, could reduce the cost of refurbishing the unit by $11,000. Peerless Midwest will perform the refurbishment work.
The pump is one of two used by the town and helps keep the town’s water tower filled.

Of the water tower, Council President Bill Johnson inquired if a sensor in the tower had been repaired and Bullock replied that it had.

Additionally, Bullock provided an update on how close the town’s new wastewater treatment plant was to being completed. Work currently being done at the plant is focused on software, he said. Bullock noted that work on the facility would need to be completed by the end of the month, as the town would not be granting the project’s general contractor, Thieneman Construction, another extension.

On another matter, council announced its intention to form a steering committee for the town that will be in charge of compiling a list of projects that community members would like to see completed. The committee will work closely with the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development as that agency works to create a comprehensive plan for the town that outlines projects to be completed in Andrews in the years ahead.

Any Andrews resident with interest in serving on the committee is encouraged to attend council’s next meeting, on Monday, Feb. 25, in the Andrews Municipal Building at 6 p.m. The committee and proposed projects for the town will be discussed at that time.

In other business:
Town Marshal Austin Bullock announced that he had applied for a $5,000 grant from Norfolk Southern. Bullock explained that the grant is available annually to public-safety entities. If the Andrews Police Department’s application is accepted, Bullock stated that he would use the funds to defray the cost of having recently purchased new Motorola radios for the department. In other police business, a new part-time officer, Jared Brinkman, was sworn in at the meeting.

Dean Young, of the Andrews Volunteer Fire Department, reported that a fund-raiser dinner/auction for the department would be held on March 30 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689, in Huntington. Young also informed council that the department had purchased two new water-rescue suits.