LEESBURG — At the Leesburg town council meeting, Monday, May 8, Leesburg town council members offered the position of Leesburg street commissioner to Craig Charlton, Leesburg. Charlton, who has been acting as interim street commissioner since the departure of former street commissioner Brandon Queen, accepted the position.
Charlton presented a detailed April report consisting of street light repairs that were made, an update on seasonal equipment conditions and storage and review of yellow tags being used to mark ordinance violations. These ordinance violations include trash containers not being retrieved from curbsides in a timely fashion after trash pickup, placement of large household items by the street for disposal and vehicles parked outside with no current tags.
Board members discussed the possibility of purchasing a wood chipper for Leesburg. Charlton submitted quotes obtained from businesses in Merrillville, Fort Wayne and Anderson. Safety concerns were addressed. Larry Richey, town council president, stated he does not want anyone placed in a precarious situation. It was suggested that two people should be working together to operate a chipper for safety reasons. Charlton was advised to explore demo options.
Tenney & Sons Inc., Warsaw, stated that they had replaced three grinder pumps and that all pumps are operational at this time.
Tenny & Sons, Inc. reported receiving a flow chart from the City of Warsaw, specifying that Warsaw wants the nitrous oxide level around 9. Tom Moore, Leesburg town council vice-president, questioned Tenney regarding the Leesburg pumping system. Tenney stated the system can be adjusted, but it does not adjust automatically. Moore suggested they need to look into the possibility of a variable injection rate system so that it can automatically adjust as needed. Moore offered to assist Tenney & Sons, Inc. in checking into this further.
Moore reported that he spoke with Barr Design Group LLC, Goshen, last week regarding potential modifications to the Leesburg town hall building to bring it up to ADA compliance. There was discussion regarding classifying the building, which is on the historical registry, as a museum. Council members agreed that maintaining the original integrity of the building is a priority. Moore advised that obtaining cost estimates is the next step of the process.
Drainage issues at Jefferson, Van Buren and Hickory Streets, Leesburg, were briefly discussed as well as an update on the Hoplore Microbrewery, Leesburg. Richey said his understanding is that the microbrewery should be operational Memorial Day weekend.
- The next regular meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 12.
- No parking on any street in Leesburg between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m.
- No burning in the town of Leesburg.
- Minutes from April meeting were approved.
- Mike Searfoss, Leesburg Clerk-treasurer, was not in attendance.