DCD puts number to Andrews MHP problem

The Andrews Town Council learned how many trailers in a local mobile home park have been deemed unsalvageable by the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development during its meeting on Monday, July 22.

DCD representative Marla Stambazze reported that seven trailers in Antioch Mobile Home Park needed to be removed. An eighth trailer, she added, would also need to be removed if it was not renovated soon.

A public hearing will be held at council’s next meeting on Aug. 12 to discuss what action the town will take next.

Stambazze also presented demolition bids for the house at 195 W. Jefferson St. Council unsealed a bid from Dirt Excavating for $9,040 and one from Amor Excavating for $8,760, which it ultimately selected.

Lastly, Stambazze informed the board that a renovator had acquired the apartments at 46 and 48 Main St. and intended to refurbish them, including one that had been damaged by a fire in December 2017.

Council also discussed applying for more Community Crossings Matching Grant funds. The board expressed interest in repaving Hendricks Street and Leedy Lane. Engineering firm RQAW will prepare the town’s application, which is due by Aug. 2. The town will request approximately $40,000.

Council approved a contract with RQAW at the meeting, establishing it as the town’s on-call engineering firm. The contract sets an hourly rate for services.

On a related matter, the board voted to sever ties with another engineering firm, Fleis & VandenBrink, after sustained dissatisfaction with its service to the town.

In other business:

– Council tabled approving a new fire contract with Dallas Township. A proposed four-year pact established a fee of $30,200 to be paid to the town by the township for fire department personnel and equipment. Councilman John Harshbarger expressed interest in the town being able to adjust that fee annually, in case $30,200 would ever prove to be insufficient.

– The board voted to donate $3,700 to the Andrews Summer Festival Committee for entertainment costs. Committee representatives also reported that they needed more volunteers for the festival, which will be held Friday, Aug. 9, and Saturday, Aug. 10. They directed people who would be interested in volunteering to call Julie Newsome at 517-2427.