LEESBURG – Sewer problems continue to be an issue in Leesburg, and fines appear to be the only solution.

Derek Tenney of Tenney & Sons told the town board Monday that there are five pumps with problems since last month. The pod shared by two residences on Yvonna Street was plugged up with wipes, he said.

Problems reported with Little New York’s pump are being caused by a grease trap that’s not compliant with state law. Board member Tom Moore said the town has the right to refuse to provide sewer service. He said he realizes the restaurant’s owners were not responsible for putting in the current grease trap, but they will need to take care of the problem. He said he will speak to the owners.

The town has been working to educate residents about materials that should not be flushed. “No wipes in the pipes” reminders have been sent to each residence, along with reminders in the monthly sewer bill. Notices are also posted in various public locations in town.

Despite the town’s efforts, however, people are continuing to flush wipes, feminine products and other items that plug up the sewer system’s pumps, Tenney said.

Moore said he doesn’t believe educating people is going to solve the problem, and that it’s time to start issuing fines.

Also during the meeting, President Christina Archer brought up the “ongoing problem” of golf carts on town streets.

Moore said golf carts are not allowed on “any public thoroughfare” in Indiana. Towns that permit golf carts have passed an ordinance allowing their use, he said. In addition, it is illegal for people without a driver’s license to drive a golf cart.

The problem is with “youngsters” who don’t have a license, said board member Doug Jones, and are not observing traffic laws.

Moore said he got a copy of Milford’s golf cart ordinance to review. An ordinance for Leesburg will be drafted and presented at the October meeting.

Archer said we have to “deal with the problem in a way that’s fair.”

Later in the meeting, a resident asked whether a mobile home could be installed at 109 Old Ind. 15. Moore said mobile homes are permitted in town but must meet several requirements, including:

•    The lot must be at least 5,000 square feet.

•    The home must be at least 14 feet wide.

•    The home must sit on a concrete pad; it must be tied down and have skirting, and the tongue has to be taken off.

In addition, Moore said the homeowner would have to file for a permit. He said the home would have to have its own water well and it must connect to the town sewer system at the homeowner’s expense.

Street Superintendent Craig Charlton said there was a “mobile structure” on that property years ago.

In other business:

•    Charlton said leaf pickup will begin in two weeks. Notices will be sent to all residents. Charlton said residents should rake only leaves to the curb – no sticks and yard waste, which plug the leaf collector. After Nov. 30, residents will have to bag their leaves and put them in town trash totes.

•    A public hearing was held for the town’s 2020 budget. An audience member asked whether curbs would be included in the budget. “They are definitely part of the plan for next year,” Archer said.

•    The same vehicle was cited twice for parking in front of 111 W. Van Buren St. from 3 to 5 a.m. Parking on town streets during these hours is prohibited by ordinance, as posted on street signs throughout town.

•    Trick or treat hours were set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

•    The annual candelaria is planned for Dec. 7.

The next board meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14.