Andrews tackles health care and insurance concerns
Expanded health care and town insurance coverage were two of the main items before Andrews Town Council at its recent meeting.
The agenda included citizen comments that range from looking for resolutions to their sewage and water bill questions, such as past payments to assistance for health care in Andrews.
Sandra Gilliard, executive director of St. James Santee Family Health Center, said she stands before the council to “make you aware of a potential opportunity that we have to apply for a grant to have health care a little closer to the residents of Andrews.”
Gilliard explained St. James provides services throughout Georgetown County and currently has three sites and is looking to expand into Andrews.
“There is an opportunity and we need the help of the community,” she said.
“We have a petition for signatures and left brochures with the town administrator to get the word out for what we are proposing to do. We are also looking for a facility at this time.”
Town Administrator Mauretta Dorsey reported everything went well with the fire truck close out and the town should be expecting a letter within 30 to 60 days confirming that.
All pumps on the fire trucks underwent testing recently and all fire trucks passed inspection, she said.
According to Dorsey, Insurance Reserve Fund officials visited Andrews on Feb. 11 and noted there were insurance concerns and that some things will need to be changed as regards the percentage of coverage on certain items.
“Some things are over- and some are under-insured and things need to be 85 percent to 90 percent coverage,” Dorsey said.
“The street sweepers are so old and not an actual vehicle. Some vehicles should not be listed as what they are and we may be able to even cut some of the costs.”
Next, Wanda Charping, CPA and accountant for the Town of Andrews, said the town is under budget on expenditures and it’s looking very good.
Charping said the police department was under budget because manpower was down and the fire department looks like it is right on budget.
Town Hall flag pole
As part of the Council’s report, Thomas Alford said he is working on a veterans project regarding the flag pole in front of town hall. Alford said one company cannot do the work and that’s why the work hasn’t started. He said they are working on getting a price for the work and “within the next month or so you’ll see some progress.”
Patsy Greene said she is waiting for workers from the court to help clean up the park in Andrews while Mattie McGee is waiting to hear about a grant for helping to beautify the community.
Andrews Fire Department’s Wade Newton said the fire department is waiting for the results of the test the fireman recently took and he said inspectors will be coming next week to look at the entire building for leaks in the roof.
Town Council members Mayor Rodney Giles, Thomas Alford, Angela Anderson, Patsy Greene and Mattie McGee were in attendance.
By Barbara Gengler
For The Times
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