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Council Endorses Letter Regarding Courts Expansion Project

The town would like to stay involved with conversations regarding the current project, while working on ways to keep the county's court system within the downtown area.

The Leesburg Town Council voted 7-0 Tuesday night to endorse a draft letter to the Finance, Government Services & Operations Committee of Loudoun County expressing their interest of keeping the county's court system located in the downtown area.

Last month, Town Manager John Wells provided council members with an update regarding the expansion of the Loudoun County court system. The Board of Supervisors have been studying seven potential options, which would help resolve current space issues, including the idea of moving the entire court system outside of Leesburg.

As a result, a letter has been drafted by Mayor Kristen C. Umstattd, which will be considered during upcoming conversations regarding the court system.

In the letter, Umstattd states that:

"[T]he Loudoun County Courthouse has been an integral part of the fabric of downtown Leesburg since its inception. It has been a vital centerpiece of the town, and we wish to see it continued as such."

Umstattd said that the Town Council is, "committed to working with Loudoun County to ensure the courts' place in the town."

During Tuesday’s public hearing, all of the council members seemed to agree that they would like to remain involved in any discussions regarding the court house system.

“We have to work as a team to come up with the best goals possible,” said Vice Mayor Kevin Wright, adding that he realizes the need for an expansion.

Council member Katie Hammler said she thinks a lot of people will benefit from keeping the court system in Leesburg and looks forward to working with local citizens and business owners in order to make it work.

The Finance, Government Services & Operations Committee is scheduled to discuss the matter on Oct. 22 where they will consider the council’s comments.

Note: The Town Council unanimously approved their full agenda on Tuesday night.

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