By Liz Shepherd
CLAYPOOL — Claypool’s town marshal and council members addressed the idea of potentially assisting the town of Leesburg with traffic control.
The topic came up during Town Council’s meeting Tuesday, June 15.
On Monday, at a Leesburg Town Council meeting, Leesburg officials discussed an “agreement for patrol services” between the Town of Leesburg and the Claypool Police Department. Leesburg does not have a law enforcement department but wants routine patrol within the town’s boundaries.
The proposal was tabled until Leesburg’s next council meeting in order to give their town attorney time to review the contract.
At the Claypool meeting, Council Member Gene Warner said if the town were to enter the agreement, Claypool Town Marshal Ben Sanders’ hours in Leesburg would consist of “Operation Pullover” hours.
“The state pays (Sanders) for his hours but we don’t get reimbursed for the use of our vehicle and mileage,” said Warner. “But (Leesburg is) talking about giving us the money for that use of the vehicle. (Leesburg) sent us some paperwork and we haven’t looked it over yet and that’s where we’re at right now. Nothing has been decided yet.”
Council and town employees also reminded the public about firework usage and weed bagging. Residents should put weeds and grass in biodegradable bags for pick-up.
Claypool’s fireworks ordinance states that fireworks can be used five days prior to July 4, on Independence Day itself, and five days after the holiday. They can also be used on holidays such as Memorial Day and New Year’s Eve. Anyone who needs a copy of the town’s ordinance can contact Sanders or the town office. Residents who witness people in violation of the ordinance can also submit video and photographic evidence to Sanders.
The council’s next regular meeting is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 20. Claypool Council will also hold an administrative meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 22.