Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee
The town seeks to form a volunteer Steering Committee of citizens, elected officials, and stakeholders to establish an overall “vision” for the future growth of Andrews. Input from residents, business owners and community organizations is essential to the success of a Steering Committee, which seeks to understand existing conditions and future potential of both the built and natural environment in Andrews. If interested or have any questions, contact Clerk Treasurer Laura Dillon at 786-3848.
Food Distribution Notice
The Shepherd’s Food Pantry will distribute food on the third Thursday of each month to Andrews/Dallas Township residents only at the Lions Clubhouse located at 365 Leedy Lane between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 12 noon. No appointment is necessary. First come, first serve and you must bring your own container. Remaining 2018 Distribution dates are September 20, October 18, November 15, and December 20. UPDATE: The Shepherd’s Food Pantry has set 2019 dates to distribute at the Lions Clubhouse. They are January 17, February 21, and March 21, and April 18. Watch for a new location to be announced to compensate for the summer baseball season hosted by the Lions Club.
Election Voting Information
As a registered voter of Huntington County you may vote at any Vote Center that is convenient for you. There are extended days and times for your convenience. Any eligible voter can vote at any available early voting location. Questions? You may call the Huntington County Election Office at 260-358-4820 or visit their Facebook page ” Vote Centers of Huntington County.”
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.
August 2018 projected completion date.
July 31, 2018: A 90 day extension has been requested by Thieneman Construction, but has yet to be approved by OCRA.
August 15, 2018: A 90 day extension on this project has been approved by OCRA for Thieneman Construction.
December 2018: The new wastewater plant is operational and near completion. All processes are being monitored and fine tuned to be in compliance with state regulations.
February 28, 2019: The project is considered complete with the exception of a few items awaiting warm weather, such as grass seeding and asphalt. Field acceptance tests are underway.