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Leesburg approves resurfacing of Starksville Street

LEESBURG, Ga. -- Starksville Street, one of the city of Leesburg's most heavily traveled streets, will be resurfaced next year at a cost of approximately $40,000 to $45,000.

Leesburg City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday night to resurface the street from U.S. Highway 32 to Third Street. The Georgia Department of Transportation will provide $26,000 of the funding.

The city of Leesburg, because voters in the region did not approve the recent Transportation Special-Purpose Local-Option Sales Tax referendum, must match 30 percent of the state funding.

Leesburg City Clerk Casey Moore said the state will provide its share of the funding in February. The work will include resurfacing and stripping.

Ronny Dudley, an engineering consultant for the city, called Starksville Street "the worst street in the city ... with a lot of traffic."

The city is expected to save some funds by bidding the project with other work being done by Lee County. This will allow the city to benefit from lower bid prices and not have to pay engineering costs.

The City Council also approved a 13 percent rate increase for city commercial trash customers to match a 13 percent rate increase implemented for residential customers in October.

The council also took action involving a handful of trash customers in Leesburg who are taking advantage of a special trash rate of $2. The low rate was given to elderly, single residents beginning in 1995.

While those customers will see their rates increase, council members voted not to add any new customers at the rate, thus ending the program through attrition.

The City Council also recommended that city officials contact the Department of Transportation to see what steps they may be able to take to require large trucks to use the Robert B. Lee and U.S. 19 Bypass route and avoid downtown.