LEESBURG — The majority of the Leesburg Town Hall meeting was spent discussing the speed limits in town.
Currently, the speed limit on Van Buren Street is 20 mph. After some research, the council discovered that rural speed limits are created by state standards, putting Van Buren Street at 30 mph. Residents and council members discussed that no one currently follows the speed limit and raising it would only further jeopardize everyone’s safety.
The speed limits downtown can be changed if a town ordinance is created with reasons to justify the change. The town has the option to either replace the 20 mph sign on Van Buren Street or create an ordinance support the sign. If an ordinance is created the town will most likely make all downtown streets 20 mph.
The town council decided on a two-step process to see which decision should be made. First, the town council will contact the Kosciouscko County Sheriff’s Department to have more enforcement of the speed limit and local stop signs. Second, the council will figure out how to host and conduct a traffic study to see if speeding is truly a problem downtown. Once these steps are complete a decision will be made about the speed limits.
Streets were a popular subject during the town hall meeting as a lot of work is expected to be completed before winter. This week the street department will take out the planters on Yvonna Street. These planters have been in place since 1983 and have seen better days. Removing the planters will make snow removal, garbage pick-up and school bus driving easier on the street.
Street repairs on Jefferson, Yvonna, Rowland and Wallace street have began. The street repairs on School Street and S.R. 15 have not began, but have been promised to start before winter hits.
In other news:
- Railroad crossing stencils were approved for purchase to help paint the streets.
- One burning violation was noted on East Van Buren Street, a citation will be issued.
- The old sanitary sewer pump needs to be sent off to be repaired as a back-up.
- The sewer department was approved to purchase around $5,000 of spare parts including motors and electrical parts.
- The town agreed to cover $3,900 for the fire department’s cistern repair. This repair will lower the town’s fire level and decrease homeonwer’s insurance prices once completed.
- Town trick-or-treating will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31.
- The town council thanked Sue Charleton and everyone else who volunteered and participated in the bicentennial celebrations. A reimbursement of $255.32 for the Leesburg bicentennial float was approved.
- The annual Candelaria and Christmas Celebration date was scheduled for Dec. 10.