Leesburg To Get $20,000 Forward Kosciusko Grant

LEESBURG – The town of Leesburg will receive a $20,000 Forward Kosciusko grant.

Council President Christina Archer informed the Council of that Monday.

Archer said Leesburg has been participating in Forward Kosciusko and having meetings about projects the town wants to do for about three years.

The grant can be used for anything that is part of the town’s plan when it went online, she said. She suggested it could possibly be used for the town museum or the town’s sidewalk project. However, she said she will have to find out where Forward Kosciusko is getting its money and what projects the town can use that money on.

In other business, the Council talked about its refuse ordinance.

The Council has been discussing rewording the ordinance for the past several months after complaints of people having trash on their property.

Archer said she didn’t know if the Council needed to change anything in regards to the ordinance, but she did want to discuss the penalties section of the ordinance as that was the one part of the ordinance that hasn’t been talked about yet.

The draft version says, “Upon citation, the owner or occupant of the premises in violation of this chapter shall be subject to a forfeiture in an amount not less than $50 nor greater than $100 for each violation in this chapter. A violation is defined as one week the citation has been issued. Each continuos week of noncompliance is another violation.”

Archer said she was fine with the way the penalty section was set up.

Councilman Tom Moore asked that town attorney Nick Jacobs go through the draft of the ordinance before the Council approved it.

The Council also held a hearing for its 2023 proposed budget.

The total proposed budget is $276,346. The rainy day fund is $3,200 of that total; general fund is $143,100; local roads and streets fund is $8,000; motor vehicle highway fund is $119,046; and the cumulative capital import fund is $3,000.

There was no public comment. The adoption will be at the Council’s Oct. 10 meeting.

In other business, the Council:

• Set trick-or-treat hours for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

• Heard from Street Commissioner Craig Charlton there were several complaints made about the state of an uninhabited property at 205 W. Prairie St.

Complaints included overgrown trees and bushes growing into the alleyways and the garage being open to wild animals and feral cats.

• Heard from Charlton about the K21 Health Foundation sidewalk project.

He did ask for two additional quotes in order for the town to resubmit their application to K21. He has not heard anything back yet.