Andrews to halt burning for time being

The town of Andrews won't do any more burning for a while, Town Council members decided during their July 29 meeting.

Andrews resident Becky Howard came to the council with concerns about the town burn pile located near her home. She says the smoke was extremely thick and made it difficult to breathe, especially during a burn on July 16 and 17.

Town Operations Manager Van Juillerat explained that the smoke was thick those dates due to wood chips accidentally catching fire and smoldering. The council agreed to close the area until a better alternative could be found.

Linda Wright, Andrews Parks Commission liaison, approached the council with a bid for replacing the concrete at the Andrews Park pavilion. Wright says that she has tried for several months to gets bids from additional companies, as the town requires at least two, but she has not heard back from any.

Council President Carl Shockome tabled the item until more bids can be received.

"I don't feel comfortable signing (the contract) without other quotes," Shockome says.

The council also discussed Ordinance 2009-9, "Public Access Request for Andrews, Indiana," which outlines the procedure the town will uses for granting public access to town documents. Shockome asked that the ordinance be rewritten to allow the clerk-treasurer responding to requests with the knowledge of the council president.
Another ordinance, Ordinance 2009-10, which regulates the addition of adult businesses in Andrews, was read twice and passed unanimously.

Bill Johnson, Andrews clerk-treasurer, said that three notices of violation were sent to properties in Andrews in accordance with the nuisance ordinance, which the town council passed last month. Johnson gave updates on the status of those three properties, and informed the council that six more violation letters are ready to be sent out.

Councilman Ray Tackett brought up concerns he had with the council, saying that he felt the council excluded him from town business. He also was concerned with the amount of pay the town manager received and the use of the town's two credit cards. Tackett felt that the cards should be kept at the clerk-treasurer's office instead of with town employees who frequently use the cards.

The council decided to discontinue the use of the credit cards until further action could be agreed upon.