Special meeting called in Andrews

  • Friday, August 8, 2014

The upcoming 105th anniversary of the Town of Andrews and trees that were donated to the town were two of the topics discussed at the special called Andrews Town Council meeting on Aug. 6.

The town will celebrate its 105th anniversary on Sept. 30 and town administrator Muretta Dorsey said we need to do something to recognize this special milestone.

“I would bring this before full council to see what suggestions would be done,” town administrator Muretta Dorsey said.

Town council member Eddie Lee suggested a parade or roping off an area of town for festivities. Greene said we should let people do their thing on Main Street, like cooking, passing along T-Shirts.

“I’d like to have this on Main Street,” Lee said.

Andrews Police Chief Kapers said he’d need the time to close down streets. There was discussions on how to set up a committee, for example two council members will serve on the committee as well as Pastor Rouse and some business owners and a chair person is needed.

Another topic discussed revolved around the 1 percent sales tax referendum.

“As you know we are number three on the county’s referendum list of projects,” Dorsey explained.

“But we need to have ourselves in the position to move forward in the event that this referendum does pass, but we also have some incentives for citizens to go out and vote for this one percent sales tax referendum.”

And we need to look into our architecture drawings of what this facility would look like, Dorsey said.

“We encourage people to say this is what the future of Andrews looks like and this is what is coming to your community.”

Town council member David Tisdale suggested inviting Thomas Alford to the next town council meeting as he was on the committee and chosen as Andrews representative and could provide insight into the referendum.

According to town council member Sudha Patel, the dollar amount for the fire department and police department is $1.5 million and that will not cover the total cost but it will get the project started.

The approaching vote is in November and the referendum will only cover up to four years.

Spirit filled Ambassadors for Christ Church are donating trees to the town, town council member Patsy Greene said. “We need to discuss putting them up,” she said.

Greene said the council should think about putting them in the ground and where. The 18-20 trees, from Pastor Deshawn Rouse, are Evergreen.

“Perhaps we give the businesses along Main Street the opportunity to put the trees in front of their businesses,” she suggested. “We need to assign someone to water the trees,” Greene said.

Police Chief Kapers suggested once a week using inmates from an inmates program to water the trees. “It won’t cost the town anything,” he said. The Council Members agreed on this.

Town council members Sudha Patel, Eddie Lee, Patsy Greene, Mattie McGee and David Tisdale were in attendance as was town administrator Muretta Dorsey.

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