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Leesburg mayor sets growth-oriented agenda for 2018 in her ‘State of the Town’

Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burk set an agenda for growth and addressing longtime issues during her 2018 State of the Town address Monday night.

“2017 was a very good year for Leesburg, but there is still more to do,” Burk said.

Burk lauded a number of accomplishments over the past year, including the town’s AAA financial rating, new developments and several nearly finished roadwork projects, such as the widening of Battlefield Parkway.

Burk was also pleased at the turnout for the Leesburg Executive Airport’s first open house and its increasing importance to the community. The remote air traffic control tower will open this spring, and customs will be arriving later in the year.

Burk went on to address some of Leesburg’s most pressing issues. She condemned the recent flurry of KKK literature as “repulsive,” saying that Leesburg police are investigating the matter, and she emphasized council’s upcoming budget season.

“What we presently provide and what we hope to provide will come at a price—the tax rate,” Burk said, leaving unspoken Town Manager Kaj Dentler’s January pronouncement that the tax rate will need to stay steady and potentially increase in the next five years.

Addressing some issues raised last year and in previous years, Burk called for Leesburg to look into cooperating with the county on affordable housing, building additional bike and pedestrian paths and reassessing the downtown parking situation.

“I believe in the not-too-distant future, the town will need a new parking garage, and we need to start planning for it now,” Burk said.

Leesburg’s growth creates challenges, as well. Walmart’s relocation outside town limits will leave Leesburg with a large, empty building and a shopping mainstay out of walking distance. Burk said she’s in talks to provide a shuttle service between the old location and the new one, and she has tasked the Economic Development Commission with finding a use for the original building.

With the new sports stadium coming to Bolen Park, Burk said additional traffic will require roadwork. She announced that she will not support opening Kincaid Road as a throughway to the park because of the traffic it would route through the Kincaid Forrest neighborhood, but she could support other traffic-easing solutions.

Burk repeatedly urged citizens to provide feedback for the upcoming year. While she suggested the town send out an annual survey for this purpose, she encouraged citizens to speak at council meetings and send emails.

“We cannot govern in a vacuum,” Burk said. “The council wants to be the best it can be to meet your needs, but we need your input.”

Comments


“What we presently provide and what we hope to provide will come at a price—the tax rate” says the Mayor.

Yep, tax and spend liberal.

Hopefully newly-elected Thiel can talk some sense into her and Leesburg gets another fiscally minded council member in Nov.


“Walmart’s relocation outside town limits will leave Leesburg with a large, empty building and a shopping mainstay out of walking distance. Burk said she’s in talks to provide a shuttle service between the old location and the new one ...”

I hope Burk is not considering a taxpayer-funded shuttle to take shoppers to Walmart. (If Walmart wants to pay for a shuttle because it will increase its sales, that is a business decision.) There are other stores within walking distance of the triangle. I don’t live within walking distance of shopping, does that mean the Town of Leesburg will provide a shuttle for me?


Typical Tax and Spend liberal… Can’t “grow” if they keep taking from the taxpayers.

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