Continuing with the Lee County Hospital Authority meeting last Wednesday:
Commissioner Tom Clarke said the Hospital Authority hopes to raise $25 million with the assistance of the commissioners and community members who can approach those who might contribute. Commissioner Diana Pope confirmed that upon request by the Authority’s Vice-Chairman Ronnie Montgomery, the Board of Supervisors has agreed to donate back the $66,000 paid by the hospital authority in delinquent taxes. This money will assist with start-up funds.
Clarke stated that in order to open a Comprehensive Urgent Care Facility on September 1, Commissioner Malcolm Perdue has assisted in drawing up a list of possible Lee County Physician collaborators. The commissioners will be applying for Special Projects Grant Funding, with Clarke suggesting a request of no less than $5 million dollars from the Tobacco Commission. He also stated that he had spoken to First District Delegate Terry Kilgore about these possibilities and that the Authority may apply for a $1 million grant from the Special Projects Grant Program. The commissioners adjourned until Wednesday, July 8 at 3 p.m. at the Community Center in Pennington Gap.