Andrews TC concerned about late water bills

The Andrews Town Council encouraged residents to get caught up on delinquent water bills at its meeting on Monday, June 8.

Councilwoman Laura Dillon stated that some residents had stopped paying their water bills, as municipalities are barred from disconnecting citizens from utilities while a public health emergency remains declared in Indiana.

However, when that declaration is eventually lifted, Dillon expressed concern about residents’ ability to get caught up on their past-due bills.

“The dollar amounts are getting so high that they’re going to be in trouble when we’re not in the state mandate anymore that we can’t shut off,” she states.

Dillon added that the town has resumed assessing late fees on delinquent bills, with those fees reflected on statements from the May billing cycle.

Council considered dates to re-open the Andrews Municipal Building, ultimately selecting Monday, July 13. Clerk-Treasurer Laury Powell remarked that she wanted to see a sneeze guard installed where she and staff interact with the public prior to the re-opening.

The board noted that a decision on whether or not to resume having two council meetings a month would be made on that date.

In other business:
• Council approved a payment of $148,161 to Watson Excavating for its work on the town’s stormwater infrastructure project on East McKeever Street.

• The board voted for the name “Waterworks Road” as the name for a segment of Wabash Avenue that turns sharply and needed to be classified as a separate road, per the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development.

• Council reminded residents that the town’s delayed spring clean-up day will be held Friday, June 26.