November Pennington Gap Town Council Meeting

The Pennington Gap Town Council met Monday for their regular monthly meeting and have decided to accept Glass Machinery's bid of $15,174.85 for paving and concrete on the Stone Mountain ATV Trail as recommended by engineer Jeff Cochran of the Lane Group. Cochran went on to report that demolition and cleanup of town hall should be completed soon.

Town Manager Phil Hensley reported that the archaeological study is complete for the Greenway and RV Park with campers already making reservations.

Melanie Stokes of the DMV safety office presented a plaque to the Pennington Gap Police Department for their top seat belt participation in the Click It Or Ticket program being one of the highest in the state.

The council voted to write a letter of support for the Lee County Hospital Authority to establish a coalition that will evaluate the health interest of the county.

The December 4th Christmas parade plans were also discussed with the council agreeing to pay travel expenses up to $400 for each school band that participate s in the parade.

The council continues to seek a resolution for collecting business taxes, with some businesses paying while others have refused to pay. Mayor Larry Holbrook says businesses licenses have been a problem for years.

Following an executive session, the council announced the appointment of Lieutenant Jacob Kilbourne to town chief of police effective January 1st. Jonesville Attorney Greg Edwards was appointed town attorney to fill the unexpired term of Chuck Slemp who was elected Commonwealth Attorney of Wise County.

The council voted to apply for a VDOT funded sidewalk extension that will lead from Cecil Street to Combs Road.

Next months council meeting has been changed to December 15th at 6p.m. to avoid holiday conflicts.

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