Leesburg Planning Commissioners got their first peek at the proposed six-year Capital Improvements Program last week.
The CIP will be the subject of a Feb. 16 commission public hearing, and is expected to be handed over to the Town Council with any recommended changes at the conclusion of that meeting. The council is set to formally begin its budget deliberations at month’s end, with Town Manager Kaj Dentler scheduled to present the proposed FY18 budget at the council’s Feb. 24 meeting.
Capital Projects Manager Tom Brandon presented the proposed CIP to the commission Feb. 2. The plan includes 38 projects totaling $117,522,290.
Brandon’s presentation focused mostly on any significant changes—whether in terms of schedule, budget, or any project additions or deletions. Fifteen projects were added to the CIP. Among these is the replacement and upgrade of police computer-aided dispatch center to move the technology “into the 21st century,” the addition of the Tuscarora Creek trail from Harrison Street to the W&OD Trail near the Douglass Community Center, and the development of Veterans Park at Ball’s Bluff, the latter thanks to funding received from Loudoun County. Brandon noted that a major theme of the proposed CIP is to “upgrade what we have” in terms of street highways, meaning many projects geared to sidewalk enhancements, and drainage and utilities upgrades.
Although not funded, the expansion of the Leesburg Police Department’s Plaza Street headquarters has moved from the potential capital projects list to the priority future capital projects list, citing a need for more space due to department growth.