Leesburg Current newsletter April - June 2023 Edition
Leesburg City Commission Welcomes New Members
The Leesburg City Commission welcomed two new members earlier this year. Allyson Berry was elected in November to represent District 1 and Alan Reisman was elected in District 2. Current Commissioner Mike Pederson was unopposed and will represent District 4.
All three commissioners were sworn in during the special organizational meeting on January 9th. Commissioners Jimmy Burry and Jay Connell round out the five-member panel.
Regular City Commission meetings are held the second and fourth Monday of the month at 5:30pm at City Hall and are broadcast live on LakeFront TV, Leesburg’s government access channel. LakeFront TV can be viewed locally on: Xfinity 22, Prism 21 and Spectrum 497. Live Streaming is available on LakeFrontTV.com and Apple TV and Roku Media Devices.
For questions or concerns, Commissioners can be reached by calling the City Manager’s Office at 352-728-9786 ext. 1100 or via e-mail at: Commissioners@LeesburgFlorida.gov.
Gas Department to Conduct Leak Survey
The Gas Department is starting their annual leak survey and meter painting. This year a contractor - PMR - will be doing the field work. PMR employees will be driving clearly marked vehicles with the PMR logo on the side and will always have picture identifications that are issued by the City and PMR. Workers may be seen along roadways and will need to enter yards to reach gas meters and pipes.
Surveying will take place in the area from CR 48 going south to the southern end of our service area. This includes the subdivisions of Legacy, Arlington Ridge, Highland Lakes and Royal Highlands.
Meter painting will occur in several areas on both the eastern and western sides of our system. Sections on the east side will include the area from CR 473 to Newell Hill Road and neighborhoods in Beverly Shores, Downtown, Palmora Park and Love’s Point. PMR staff will also be working in Fruitland Park, Carver Heights, Stock Subdivision, Lake Denham Estates, Spring Creek, Saunders Grove and all the way down to CR 48. Work will also take place in the western end of our service area to just past Pennbrooke Parkway on SR 44 and all streets in between.
In accordance with state and federal regulations, each year 1/3 of the city’s gas system is surveyed for leaks and corrosion on mains and customer services. The utility uses sensitive electronic equipment to inspect every inch of pipe, meters and connections for tiny traces of escaping natural gas. Any atmospheric corrosion that is found on the City piping and meters is painted to ensure system integrity.
This job is critical to the Gas Department. The checks do not interrupt gas service, and most customers don’t recognize when the work is conducted. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Gas Department at 352-728-9840 during business hours or leave a message and we will return your call.
A Message from the Leesburg Fire Department
If there is a fire in your home, you could have less than 2 minutes to get out safely once the smoke alarm sounds. In an effort to help increase community awareness about the importance of having a home fire escape plan, the Leesburg Fire Department would like to provide some very important safety tips:
- Make a fire escape plan. Draw a map of each level of your home showing all doors and windows. Discuss the map with everyone who lives with you.
- Plan two ways out of every room. Choose an outside meeting place in front of your home.
- Make a fire escape plan around your abilities. If you need to use a wheelchair or a cane, make sure you can get to it easily and get out quickly. If you wear hearing aids or eyeglasses, put them next to your bed while you are sleeping.
- Make sure all doors and windows open easily.
- Practice your fire escape plan by having a home fire drill at least twice a year with everyone in the home.
- If there is a fire in your home, get out and stay out. Never go back inside for people, pets or things.
Remember in the event of a home fire, every second counts!
Water Conservation Program
The City of Leesburg has a conservation program that can help you save water and may reduce your monthly water bill.
The Public Works Department offers free water consumption evaluations to help Leesburg Water customers gain an understanding of the amount of water used in their home and through their irrigation system. Our Water Conservation Specialist will give tips on different practices you can implement to conserve water, show you how to detect a leak on your property and demonstrate how to set your irrigation timer.
For qualifying residential customers, the “Incentive and Rebate Program” provides opportunities to update inefficient in-ground irrigation systems along with options for replacing certain indoor fixtures in homes built prior to 1994.
Visit the Water Conservation page of the City website for more information on these programs and to learn about other ways you can help preserve this precious resource.
36th Annual Miss Leesburg Scholarship Program Winners