In a regular monthly meeting of the Pennington Gap Town Council Monday, the Pennington ATV Trail became the main topic, as the council hopes to do a soft opening of the trail on August 29. The council approved an application for Department of Conservation and Recreation grants for safety training for the ATV Trail. Several public hearings will be held on August 17, one of which will be in regards to proposed routes for the trail.
The council also approved a $500 donation to the Lee East Girls 12-14 year old softball team. The team has earned a berth in the Southwest Regional Softball Tournament in Fort Myers, Florida.
In other business, the council approved the route for the Bobcat Pride 5k to take place on Labor Day, which will benefit the Pennington Middle athletic department. The route will start from the driving range behind Pennington Middle to the Greenbelt walking trail and up Industrial Drive, completing a circle back to the school.
Permission was given to the Pennington Gap Police Department to purchase new safety equipment and the town has received several water grants, which the council approved. Amendments to property maintenance and derelict property ordinances were also approved by the council.
Town Manager Phil Hensley informed the council that the the town is currently looking to buy new Christmas lights. A site will be chosen to display Christmas light options sometime in August.
A public hearing will be held to receive public comment on an amendment to the open burning ordinance, which will prohibit burning except in appropriate containers. Public comment will also be sought on designating a site for an Industrial zone for a public restaurant or motel. The hearings will take place at the Pennington Gap Community Center at 5 p.m. on August 17.