Council members discussed upcoming grant proposals to help fund the new water treatment plant and well field south of Andrews.
The Town of Andrews is applying to the State Revolving Loan Fund (SRF) for grant and low-interest loan funds to help pay for the project, according to Eric Woodmansee, AME Consulting. The town will learn in July or August whether the grant is approved.
Additionally, the town is applying for a $700,000 construction grant from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). Woodmansee said that the results of that application will be announced in November.
In other business, the council received an update on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) project buyout.
Under the project, which is being undertaken by agreement between FEMA, the Town of Andrews and the Huntington County Community Development Department, eight homes located in the flood plain will be purchased and demolished.
All of the homes have sustained repeated flood damage over the years, according to Andrews Clerk-Treasurer Laury Powell. Powell said that there have project started in 2019, but experienced delays.
Appraisals have been completed for the properties included in the project.
Remediation inspections for all eight properties were scheduled for Wednesday, March 30. The properties were tested for lead, asbestos and other hazardous materials.
In the event that the inspections result in positive samples, $11,000 per property has been budgeted for remediation, according to Kim Hostetler, director of the Huntington County Department of Community Development.
Following purchase of the properties and completion of any necessary remediation, the houses will be demolished.
The land will be turned into green spaces, which the Town of Andrews will be responsible for maintaining. According to the project guidelines, no permanent structures can be erected on the sites, Powell said.
The town did not receive any bids on its trash contract. That subject was tabled until a future meeting.