LEESBURG — Leesburg Town Council dug up old business keeping members chatting during its regular monthly meeting Monday evening, March 14.
After several suggestions from the State Board of Accounts auditor, the board had a few new things to take into consideration. The auditor suggested creating a form to better outline the process for determining sewer rates at schools and businesses with more than nine employees. According to board president Doug Jones, “We’ve been kind of on an honor system up to this point.” The board offered some grumbles at the new form suggestion.
Jones continued down the list of recommendations, noting the auditor would like to also see a better paper trail for credit card use, even though the board currently leaves the card in the hands of only one board member, and saves every receipt for review. “Do we need GPS coordinates for it?” joked board member Tom Moore. The auditor also suggested creating an additional account for improvements on top of the current account for sewage funds. The board decided to table all those discussions until the three-year rate review is completed by Umbaugh.
Street Department Manager Brandon Queen was thankful to the board and pleased to share the good news on the purchase of a new BobCat machine. “The new machine is great,” said Queen, thanking the board for approving the purchase. “It’s perfect for what the town needed,” added Jones. Queen also noted he would be getting quotes from Phend and Brown on the cost of repaving Roland and Yvonna streets to determine which one would be the best to suit the town’s needs. He will also be checking on the company’s spring availability for the planned repaving of Church Street.
Public member Christina Archer requested the town host garage sale days June 17 and 18, followed by the large trash collection days June 24 and 25. The board agreed to these dates, but the topic of trash collection days was a touchy subject. Moore pointed out the board had threatened to revoke the service for several years following the drop-off of recyclable items such as televisions, electronics and latex paint. Public member Jim Bryan and Jones were on the same page in suggesting the board post large signs at the dump sites indicating what cannot be discarded. These signs will serve as a warning to the public, and the board agreed if these items are found, the service will not be held again.
The board reached a compromise on this, with Queen noting each year the town is responsible for paying for the proper disposal of items left behind. The next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. April 11, followed by a board work session to set a series of work instructions for the street commissioner.
In other news:
- A new ordinance codification was completed, and the board is working to add it to the town’s website to replace the old town codes.
- The board noted there is to be no parking on the town street between 3 and 5 a.m., and no burning at any time of any kind.
- Derek Tenney of Tenney and Sons asked the board for permission to order replacement parts, which was approved.
- The street department reported having 15 tons of salt and sand left from winter work.