The Leesburg Town Council this week initiated its annual batch of Town Code amendments.
Town Attorney Barbara Notar noted that the annual practice is done to incorporate any legislative updates from the recent General Assembly session, clarify intent, or to simply clean up any language in the document. The 16 amendments put forward for consideration also include one put forward by an unnamed council member—that any board or commission member who has accrued four absences in a 12-month period has an attendance problem that is to be reported to that body’s chair.
Other proposed amendments include a request from the Leesburg Police Department to enact an ordinance to make public urination or defecation a Class 4 misdemeanor; and another LPD-supported change to change the term of certificate of registration for canvassers and solicitors to 30 days for all, to do away with repeat registrations. This latter change would no longer distinguish between resident and non-resident solicitors and canvassers.
Also proposed is amending the definition of “vehicle” in the Town Code to exempt electric personal mobility assistive vehicles to authorize their use in parks in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Two changes prompted by state legislation are changes to initial fees allowable by tow truck services; and the addition of a $100 fine for dogs running in packs, exempting hunting dogs on an owner’s property. That change would also continue to exempt dogs in dog parks.
The code changes were initiated Tuesday by a 6-0-1 vote, with Councilman Ron Campbell absent. A public hearing and final vote on adopting the changes will come back before the Town Council.