Tuesday's council meeting
The Andover City Council took action on several items Tuesday evening including renewing insurance plans and approving requests for upcoming events.
The council unanimously approved agreements for the health and dental broker, as well as property and liability insurance.
For health and dental, the council approved an agreement with IMA, continuing their relationship with them for three more years, with the option for an additional three years. The rate provided was substantially lower than the other three proposals the city received, as well as having provided good service the last four years.
The property and liability insurance renewal with ICI also was approved for the city and fire district.
The premium went down slightly with the EMC package for the city, but up slightly for the fire department. There also were some changes with deductibles.
The council unanimously approved a temporary use permit for a car show to be held at Flinthills Liquor on April 9. The car show is held in and around the business parking lot, including the request to close some streets for the event.
They also approved the use of Central Park for a Boy Scout campout on April 15 though 17.
A final event on the agenda was related to the annual Concert in the Park. The council approved an agreement with Connoisseur Media for hosting the concert. The city is still working on avenues for local businesses to participate through sponsorships.
They do have the bands selected for the concert, but they will not be announced until April 18.
Mayor Ben Lawrence issued two proclamations during the meeting.
The first was for Master Teacher Ray Linville. He has been teaching in the Andover School District for some time as an instrumental teacher for grades fifth through 12th. They proclaimed Ray Linville Day in Andover in his honor.
"I really view this as more for my students," Linville said. "When we perform in front of the community, I don't play any notes right or wrong. It's because of the students. I'm very lucky to teach here in Andover."
The second proclamation was for Child Abuse Prevention Month in April.
"A lot of people don't like to talk about it or think about it, but it is something that effects even our community," Lawrence said. "I think a lot of people will be surprised at the number of children who receive services in Andover."
He presented the proclamation to Suzi Thien, executive director of Sunlight Children's Rights and Advocacy Center.
"This really means a lot to us," Thien said. "Andover's continual support is so great."
She said their home is Andover, but the children's home has received children from 49 counties.
She also talked about some of the things they will be doing in April, including the Blue Ribbon Campaign and Wear Blue Day on April 8.
• Officer Vernon "Charlie" Walker was sworn in to the Andover Police Department.
• council approved the Cornerstone Office 2nd Addition plans and authorized taking bids.
• approved the dates and times for sales and discharge of fireworks, with the dates being June 27 through July 5.
• approved paying for platting services by Poe & Associates for a potential sports location.
• approved an agreement with Icon Structures, a local general contractor, for work on the new restroom facility in Central Park. The contractor will be responsible for the installation of the materials following the design.