LEESBURG – The writing’s on the wall for improper waste disposal in Leesburg.

The town council on Monday approved purchasing posters, handouts and fliers for its No Wipes in the Pipes campaign. The items will be given to the school, town businesses, churches and property owners as a reminder of items that cannot be flushed.

The purchase follows discussion last month of the increased costs of sewer maintenance and repairs because of “abuse of the system,” Councilman Tom Moore said in May. He said the town spent $30,702 in 2017 for parts and $5,002 in labor for sewer system maintenance and repairs, and $57,447 for parts and $20,202 for labor in 2018.

Moore said Monday the town’s rates are up for renewal this fall. Council hopes reminders posted around town and sent to residents will discourage them from flushing wipes and other inappropriate items. If maintenance/repair costs are reduced, council hopes not to have to raise the sewer rates.

The fliers and posters will list items residents should not flush.

Council president Christina Archer will purchase and distribute the posters and fliers.

Council also approved adding eight flagpoles with American flags to the lampposts downtown.

Archer said she approached several residents about the idea of displaying flags downtown and has “many people who are willing to sponsor the purchase.”

Cost will be $47 per flagpole. The 3-by-5 flags are made of nylon and will hang at an angle from the lampposts.

“It’s a nice little downtown enhancement,” said Councilman Doug Jones.

Resident Connie Watters said she has flags representing every branch of the service, and she would be glad to let the town fly them on Memorial Day. The council agreed this would be a nice touch for the holiday.

Watters also asked the council about the possibility of special street signs in town. She said her grandson was recently diagnosed on the autism spectrum, and she would like to have two signs posted on the street where he lives, cautioning drivers “Autism Child At Play.”

Another woman said she lived just a few houses from the boy’s residence and a child in her household is on the autism spectrum as well, so she would love to see such signs.

“Especially after the accident that happened in Warsaw today, we all worry about the safety of our children,”Archer said.

An 8-year-old boy was killed Monday when he was struck by a vehicle at the Husky Trail crosswalk in Warsaw.

The council said they would have Street Superintendent Craig Charlton look into appropriate signs.

Concerns were also raised about golf carts on town streets. Council asked attorney Vern Landis to look into  state regulations and report at the next meeting.

In other business:

•    Eleven trees or large limbs fell – including three on houses - during a severe storm early May 23, according to a report from Charlton. The streets were cleared by 6 a.m. Jones said it took three days to clean up damage from the storm.

•    The council approved Super Seal for the asphalt sealing project. The project will cost $10,767 and will involved filling cracks and sealing asphalt from Plum Street to Canal Street, Harrison Street to Van Buren Street, and Pearl Street to Van Buren.

•    Town cleanup days are planned June 21-22. Two large dumpsters will be available on Prairie Street by the Street Department building for residents to put items into. TVs,  computers and other electronics will not be accepted.

•    Residents were reminded that tree limbs are chipped on Friday, and that yard waste should be bagged and place in residents’ trash totes.

•    Seventy-four units participated in the town’s Memorial Day parade, and Charlton reported there was a “great turnout.”

•    Renovations to the town hall are nearing completion, and the council will hold its July meeting there. The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. July 8.