Rick Wright and the Town Council are looking for suggestions and input on new additions at the park. There will be a special meeting in council chambers on Tuesday, October 10 at 5:00 PM to discuss desired improvements to the Town of Andrews and the park. The public is encouraged to attend.
The Andrews Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring a Teen Dance at the fire station on Saturday, October 28 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Entrance fee is a canned food donation for our local Andrews Food Pantry.
Trick or Treat hours for all ghosts and goblins is on Tuesday, October 31 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.
Wastewater Improvement Project
The Sewer Works project has bid construction costs of $4,627,000 and total project costs of $5,659,000. The Town has applied to both OCRA and SRF for grants. The remaining project funding is expected to come from the Indiana State Revolving Loan Fund program (SRF). The SRF currently closes on loans with 20-year loan terms with fixed subsidized interest rates. Currently the SRF is closing loans at 2.0% interest rates.
The Town has applied to OCRA for a grant for its proposed sewer construction project. The OCRA grant is a competitive grant program that looks at many factors to determine the grant amount and the competitiveness of the grant application. The Town has been awarded a $550,000 OCRA grant for its sewer works project.
The SRF is a State run funding program for environmental infrastructure projects. The SRF is funded through a combination of EPA grants and State loans. This combination of funding allows the SRF to offer subsidized interest rate loans and in some cases, partial grant funding. The SRF has offered to provide $1,000,000 in grant funding for the Andrews sewage infrastructure project conditioned on Andrews meeting various agreed to terms and conditions, including closing a loan with the SRF for the remaining project funding. The SRF loan terms include 20 year financing and subsidized fixed interest rates. The current interest rate that Andrews is eligible for is 2.0%.
All of these funds are to be used for a wastewater project that includes: the construction of two new oxidation ditches, two new clarifiers, a new disinfection structure as well as the rehabilitation of the existing headworks, digester and administration building. Engineering plans are complete and may be viewed at the Town Hall.
May 10, 2017 Update: Therber, Brock, & Associates, LLC has also secured an additional $525,000 through SRF. The loan term has been extended to 22 years at the 2.0% interest rate in order to buy down user fees. At a Town Council meeting on May 8, 2017, Ordinance 2017-8, which would modify Andrews’ existing wastewater rates and charges, was introduced and is presently under consideration. A meeting has been scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, the 30th day of May, 2017, in the Town Council meeting room located in the Town Hall at 66 N. Main Street, in Andrews, Indiana, to hold a public hearing to consider whether to modify Andrews’ existing wastewater rates and charges.
August 2017 Update: Thieneman Construction has begun work on the new wastewater treatment plant.