Leesburg Council Gets Snow Update

In a special telephonic Town Council meeting Friday night, Leesburg Town Manager Kaj Dentler reported that all of the town’s streets have been plowed to provide at least one clear lane. And that may be as good as it gets for now.

Dentler said town crews will continue to work Saturday and Sunday, with a focus on clearing bus stops and pedestrian routes in preparation for classes to resume Monday.

“The town is in pretty good shape, not summertime shape, but we’ve made a lot of progress,” Dentler said.

Councilman Tom Dunn, who requested the special council meeting, was among the members who suggested the town work toward a curb-to-curb standard for clearing streets. But Dentler said that approach would result in more complaints from residents because driveways and sidewalks would get re-blocked with snow. That is the top complaint heard from residents in every snowstorm, the town manager said.

Council members urged the staff to widen the paths where possible.

Residents who have specific concerns are advised to report them through the town website at leesburgva.gov/snowissue. Those reports will be reviewed throughout the weekend.

2 thoughts on “Leesburg Council Gets Snow Update

  • 2016-01-30 at 10:14 am

    So, a meeting is held, and the council members participating DID NOTHING, but sit there and DO NOTHING. No votes to tell the Town Manger to get our street clear. Tom Dunn, Dave Butler and Katie Hammler should be voted out of office.

  • 2016-01-30 at 4:59 pm

    I’m sure there will be some cynical responses to this, as Tom Dunn and I are friends, but I give him a lot of credit for asking for this meeting because it cleared some things up and put pressure on the Town staff to finish the job right. It would have been preferred for the Council to have met in open session Tuesday to direct the town staff to complete the job right instead of canceling their meeting, but that’s what the Acting Mayor Ms. Burk wanted, and no other councilmember stood up to say “Let’s hold the meeting.” I’m also pleased there will be regular trash pickup Monday in SE. At their next meeting, the Council needs to have an action plan for such emergencies. they can’t rely on private contractors only, but should create a mutual aid agreement with a few towns and cities outside Virginia who can send plows and personnel if we have another storm. In addition, they need to listen to former Mayor Umstatd’s advice to put more emphasis on clearing the residential streets once the main arteries are passable. I think too many of them are preoccupied with the mayoral vacancy and the upcoming election and not focused on the important issues facing the town They also need to listen to Marty Martinez on this issue and advertise the position to the public and pick a non councilmember for the seat. I hope they get that issue behind them at the next meeting.

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