Town of Andrews facing challenges
Ordinance rezoning, bonds for capital projects and an administrator’s last reflections on the Town of Andrews drew attention at the recent monthly Town Council Meeting.
A motion was passed to leave the R-10 zoning ordinance unchanged for a day care center at 11 Hillcrest St. while Town Council considered reimbursement for rental equipment for installation of a waste water collection line.
Charles Cribb detailed how he paid $978.20 several years ago to have the line run to his house. The town didn’t have the proper equipment to do it.
“It was a very bad directive issued by the town,” Town Administrator Roland Windham said.
A motion was passed that the town reimburse Cribb after satisfactory proof the payment was made.
To expedite the bonds issue, the first reading took place for an ordinance calling for the issuance of $450,000 in general Obligation Bonds for capital projects. The items previously agreed on will be purchased and an attorney needs to be hired to make the necessary changes and go to market with the bonds.
Windham said Wanda Charping, CPA and the town’s accountant, has handled past bond issues but he hasn’t gotten a response from her yet.
He also said the meeting to take action regarding accumulation of sick and annual leave for town employees has not yet taken place, while changes have been made to the second reading to the Town of Andrews Flood Plain Ordinance. Basically it was downloading the model and plugging in the information that was adopted several months ago.
Keeping on the front burner
As it was the last council meeting for Windham, he reiterated a few things discussed over the last few months he’d like the council to keep on the front burner.
“You need to continue with the progression in Andrews,” he said. “I certainly have faith you’ll continue to take the town in the right direction.”
“I’ll start out with something small. We are still operating like it’s 1960 to 1970 in the area of a computer system, especially software, which will largely help with the efficiency of the office,” Windham said. “It will be a huge deal and I urge you to make that happen. We’ll be able to start taking credit cards allowing more people to pay by credit cards and allow customers to pay online.”
He said there is a need to have a first-class website that will tell what the town has to offer and what Andrews can do to help companies in their relocation efforts.
“The biggest challenge in the future is the water and sewer system,” he said adding “the system, like us, is aging and it doesn’t operate as well as it did in the years past. What I’m trying to say is our water and sewer system is like an assisted living home probably going to need to go to a retirement home in the very near future. It served us well over the years but we need to figure out where it will benefit Andrews now.”
Windham said it will be expensive to rebuild or remodel a city hall and a plan is needed to do it. He said any town is only as good as its leadership and its employees “and we need to retain good employees and reward ones doing a good job.”
“I will gladly give my time to the new administrator and what they’re facing and hopefully you’ll have someone who can carry out the policies to make Andrews a wanted destination for tourists, industry, children that graduate from high school and keeping them home,” he said, adding “thank you very much for allowing me to serve.”
After thanking Windham for his dedication and hard work, Mayor Rodney Giles asked that he not change his numbers, which brought laughter from the group.
Patsy Greene announced the Christmas tree lighting will be Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. and the Christmas parade will be Dec. 9 at 3 p.m.
Town council members Sid Ackerman, Thomas Alford, Patsy Greene, Mayor Rodney Giles, Mattie McKee, David Tisdale and Angela Anderson were in attendance.
By Barbara Gengler
For The Times
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