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Leesburg Discusses Candelaria, Trash And Leaf Pickup, Salary Ordinance

Leesburg City Center. (Photo: Nick Deranek/News Now Warsaw)
LEESBURG – Everything was perfect for Leesburg’s Candelaria on Saturday.

Leesburg Town Board member Doug Jones on Monday praised President Christina Archer for her work organizing the annual event, and praised those involved with set-up for the evening. “It’s amazing how they go about it, how smooth it is,” he said of the placement and lighting of the candles along Leesburg streets.

Along with the weather, Archer noted the beautiful sunset Saturday, setting the tone for the evening.

Archer thanked the many volunteers who helped with the Candelaria, including Girl Scouts, Boy Scout Troop 729 and Cub Scout Troop 3729.

The Candelaria is normally the second Saturday of December, but Archer said this year’s event was moved to the first Saturday because of the concert this Saturday by gospel and country singer Susie McEntire. Archer said the Candelaria will return to the second Saturday of December in 2020.

Also during Monday’s meeting, Street Superintendent Craig Charlton reported changes to the trash pickup schedule over the holidays. Trash pickup will be moved from Friday to Saturday of both holiday weeks, with collection starting at 6 a.m. on those Saturdays.

Charlton suggested residents put their trash out the night before to ensure they don’t miss trash pickup for the week.

Charlton also reminded residents that they are responsible for keeping their sidewalks clear of snow. The liability for any accidents on uncleared sidewalks falls on the resident, not the town, he said.

In other business:

• The board approved the salary ordinance for 2020. As street commissioner, Charlton will receive $21 per hour. Clerk-Treasurer Mike Searfoss’ salary was set at $17,000, the deputy clerk-treasurer will receive $15 per hour and the sewage clerk will be paid $8,450.

In addition, council members Tom Moore, Archer and Jones will receive $2,000 for their service for 2020, while town attorney Vern Landis will be paid $4,250.

• Charlton reported leaf pickup ended Dec. 2, with 115 loads removed from town streets. He thanked Ferguson Farms for use of their composting area.

• Three yellow warning tags were issued to vehicles in violation of the town’s posted “no parking from 3 to 5 a.m.” ordinance.

• Archer and Jones offered public condolences to Moore on the passing of his wife. Bonnie Moore, 70, died Dec. 1 after battling cancer.

The next Leesburg Town Board meeting is planned for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13 in the town hall.