Andrews council hears complaints about trailers in mobile home park

The Andrews Town Council listened to concerns about the condition of trailers in a local mobile home park during its meeting on Monday, June 10.

The board heard complaints from three individuals, two of whom reside on Terrell Street in homes across from the trailers, which are located in Antioch Mobile Home Park. The citizens described many of the trailers as being dilapidated and unoccupied. While the citizens stated that the park’s manager, Tammy Gibson, lived in the area, they noted that the park’s owner did not, residing in Illinois.

The citizens inquired about what could be done to remove the derelict trailers from the property. Council responded that it would consult with the town’s legal counsel, Michael Hartburg, to determine an appropriate course of action.

Mike Kleinpeter, of Kleinpeter Consulting Group LLC, mentioned that the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) offered a blight-clearance grant that could assist the town in paying for the removal of the trailers.

Kleinpeter also discussed the town’s application for an OCRA community development block grant that would fund the installation of a stormwater system on a portion of McKeever Street. Kleinpeter, whose company is serving as the town’s grant administrator, emphasized the importance of citizens providing feedback to him on the need for the system. The more feedback that is received, he said, the stronger the town’s application will be.

To leave feedback, Kleinpeter encouraged citizens to fill out an eight-question survey on the website SurveyMonkey. com. The survey is accessible via the URL bit.ly/2F2zYaK.

Kleinpeter also noted that he was still accepting letters of support from citizens in regard to the town’s pursuit of the grant. Kleinpeter stated that he was seeking three more letters, all of which will be included in the town’s application. Letters should be submitted to Clerk-Treasurer Laura Dillon at the Andrews Municipal Building.

Town Marshal Austin Bullock reported that the Andrews Police Department had received a grant for $1,500 from Norfolk Southern. Bullock stated that he would use the funds to help pay off two new radios he purchased for the department.