Andrews council hears W. McKeever complaint

Andrews Clerk-Treasurer Laury Powell (left) and John Harshbarger, president of the Andrews Town Council, discuss town business during a council meeting on Monday, April 13, at the Andrews Municipal Building. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the council has reduced its schedule from two meetings a month to one, with social distancing observed. Meetings are held the second Monday of every month at 6 p.m.
Andrews Clerk-Treasurer Laury Powell (left) and John Harshbarger, president of the Andrews Town Council, discuss town business during a council meeting on Monday, April 13, at the Andrews Municipal Building. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the council has reduced its schedule from two meetings a month to one, with social distancing observed. Meetings are held the second Monday of every month at 6 p.m. Photo by Steve Clark.

The Andrews Town Council fielded a complaint about a property on West McKeever Street during its meeting on Monday, April 13.

Scott Wallace objected to actions taken by his neighbor, Tim Conrad, who owns 167 W. McKeever St. Wallace claimed that Conrad had been dumping gravel backfill on his property to abate flooding caused by Loon Creek. Wallace stated that the backfill on Conrad’s property had increased the flooding on his property and other adjacent properties. He submitted letters to council from the owners of those properties wherein they outlined those flooding issues.

Council President John Harshbarger stated that the board would notify the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development (DCD) about the issue. Town Marshal Austin Bullock noted that DCD had taken pictures of Conrad’s property in the past and suggested obtaining them for comparison purposes with new pictures, taken by Councilman Roger Newsome Jr., to potentially corroborate Wallace’s claim that more backfilling had occurred.

Wallace also voiced complaints about the condition of Conrad’s mobile home and the amount of refuse on the property.

In other business:

• In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, council and the town’s garbage collector, H&H Disposal, decided to postpone the town’s spring clean-up day to June 26.

• Harshbarger and Utility Superintendent Colin Bullock noted that work on installing a wastewater line from Dollar General to the town’s wastewater treatment plant would be occurring that week. After the line is installed from Dollar General, which is near the intersection of Ind.-105 and U.S.-24, to the Wabash River, work will occur the week of April 27 to run the line underneath the river and then over to the treatment plant, which is on Main Street.

• Despite the postponement of the primary election to June 2, Clerk-Treasurer Laury Powell stated that Huntington County Clerk Shelley Septer still had interest in using the Andrews Municipal Building as an early voting site in May. Powell noted that an exact date was still being discussed.

• Council stated that the town had received a Community Crossings Matching Grant from the state totaling $231,750. Those funds will be used for street improvements.