Supervisors to Meet With Hospital Authority Next Week


JONESVILLE – The Lee County Board of Supervisors discussed and considered a number of things in their May meeting last night (Tuesday, May 16, 2017), but three items are of particular interest: (1) a joint meeting of the Lee County Hospital Authority (LCHA), the Lee County Industrial Authority (IDA), and the Lee County Board of Supervisors (BOS), to take place on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the Community Center in Pennington Gap, (2) problems arising at the four unfenced waste collection sites throughout the county, and (3) a new building permit was issued for a Dollar General Store to be located in Dot.

Lee County Hospital Authority (LCHA) Meeting

The Board voted to grant a request by LCHA for a joint meeting with the BOS and IDA to take place Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the Community Center in Pennington Gap.

County Administrator Dane Poe remarked that LCHA advised him that the joint meeting date may be changed to May 30 if the LCHA did not have certain signed agreements in hand by today (Wednesday, May 17, 2017). Should the LCHA-IDA-BOS joint meeting be postponed to May 30, the Board said that they would still meet on May 23 at 5:30 p.m., albeit at the Courthouse and not the Pennington Community Center, to discuss the budget.

Un-fenced Waste Collection Sites

Mr. Poe brought several concerns to the Board’s attention regarding problems at the four remaining un-fenced waste collection sites throughout the County. The four un-fenced sites are (1) Hurricane Bridge, (2) Hunter’s Gap, (3) Route 606, and (4) Olinger. Poe recalled problems with fires and illegal dumping at these sites over the past several years. According to Poe’s report, the Hurricane Bridge site sees the most fires of all, and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) complains about waste and runoff from the site getting into the Powell River, which is immediately adjacent to the waste collection site. The Olinger site is prone to dumpster fires, as well, but tire and contractor’s waste dumping are the primary problems there—likely due to the site’s proximity to the county line and its location off the main highway, according to Poe.

Fencing these sites in is not an option, according to Poe, “They aren’t big enough to fence in; if you fenced them in, there would be no room for the garbage trucks to operate.” He added in his report, “These sites will continue to cause problems until they are closed or moved to a fenced site.” Poe brought the matter before the Board not to make a recommendation, but to begin thinking about and working toward solutions that will improve the situation for the County and its citizens.

Building Department Report

The Lee County Building Department issued a total of 33 building permits during April 2017. By district, five permits were issued in Rose Hill, three in White Shoals, nine in Jonesville, 12 in Rocky Station, and four in Yokum Station. By type, two permits were issued for new dwellings, one for an addition, three for remodels, 12 for heat pumps, new electrical service, mechanical and/or plumping projects, six for manufactured housing, two for garages, ramps and/or porches, six other types of permits, no new duplexes or triplexes, and one new business building permit: the new Dollar General Store in Dot.

Fees collected for new dwellings permits amounted to $485.94, with those dwellings having a total valuation of $105k and a total square footage of 2,936. Total fees collected for the department totaled $4,744.23 and a contractors tax of $640.

The Building Department conducted 87 construction site visits, during which they found no violations. The department also received no property complaints throughout April.

Other New Business

Ms. Janie Dockery of Mountain Empire Older Citizens Southwest Virginia Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) requested permission for the CAC to use a currently vacant space within the courthouse as a place to conduct forensic interviews with child victims of abuse. Dockery advised, “We currently do those [forensic interviews] in Wise County, but it is often times a hardship for Lee County victims to make that trip.” The courthouse space in question was formerly part of Social Services, and it is already set up with a one-way mirror, an interview space, and an office space. “It is ideal for what we need,” Dockery said, adding “it could save families a lot of travel time, and it could save the county money because officers and other county individuals are currently having to travel to do these interviews.”

Dane Poe advised the Board that the space in question is currently vacant with no other plans for the space at this time.

Considering the need Ms. Dockery expressed, along with the fact that the space she requested is not being used, and that that space is already set up for interviewing and observing child abuse victims, the Supervisors voted unanimously to grant her request.

The Board adjourned to reconvene at the joint session with the LCHA and IDA this coming Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the Community Center in Pennington Gap.

Should the hospital meeting date and time change, we will be the first to notify you. Keep your eyes on The Lee Daily Register—your source for news on the hospital and everything we care about, right here at home.

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