LEESBURG — The Leesburg Town Council met for their regular board meeting last night, Sept. 12.
Jeff Rowe, a representative from Umbaugh, was present to discuss the town’s sewage rate review. He presented a study that showed the costs and revenue of sewage works over the last few years. The study also predicted what the next few years would look like with inflation and other factors added.
“It [the study] turned out to be a snoozer,” joked Rowe. “And that’s a good thing.”
The total cost of the town’s sewage works is around $292,000 annually and the town collects $319,000 annually based off the current rates. The slight revenue puts the town in good standing for emergencies and saving for future sewer capital investments. The town will not have to raise the sewage rates this year or for the next few years based off this study.
The board also discussed that the Bicentennial Torch Relay will be traveling through Leesburg on Thursday, Sept. 29. The route will take the torch east on Van Buren Street around 10:45 a.m. with torch transfers at Clover Park and Leesburg Elementary.
Ball State will have a team of videographers and photographers present so the town is hoping to looks as nice as possible for the big day. Residents are encouraged to cut their lawns. Residents and businesses can place signs on their properties to welcome the torch relay and are invited to watch the torch as it passes through town.
In other news:
- The paint has been obtained for the curbs on Van Buren and Prairie streets. That work should start this week.
- Brandon Queen, Street Commissioner, should have the leaf blower ready and operational by Oct. 1. Residents should bag their leaves up until that date.
- The Fire Department was asked to gather more estimates on the new cistern before the board would help with the cost.
- Leesburg received $3,4719.50 in Community Crossings Grant. The money will be used for Jefferson, Yvonna, Rowland and Wallace streets. Members of the board are meeting with INDOT on Sept. 19 to find out the rules for the 50/50 cost matching grant. The hope is that the work can start this fall.
- No parking is permitted on any street between 3-5 a.m.
- No burning is allowed in Leesburg.
- The next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 10. Budget approval will be gone over at that meeting.