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Coronavirus Covid-19

TO OUR CITIZENS

On behalf of the Town of Pennington, I want to reassure each of you that we are continuing to work diligently to keep our residents, business owners, employees and guests safe, healthy, and informed.

We are committed to serve you with the highest level of response possible through the coming weeks.

We will continue the essential work of the town. That means trash pickups will continue as scheduled, our water and sewer treatment plants will remain fully operational, our Fire and Police Departments will continue to respond and patrol.

Regrettably, we will be reducing some services–The Community Center and the Lee Theatre will be closed through March 31, 2020. 

We are limiting access to Town Hall. We offer alternate method of paying town bills.  Call-in 546-1177, drop-box located in front of Town Hall or  you may go to our website: www.paybill.com/townofpennington          

The bathrooms at Leeman Field and the Welcome Center will be closed until further notice. Portable toilets in the park will remain open. Your health and safety remains our top priority. 

If you have a question or concern, do not hesitate to call 546-1177 or email Keith.Harless@townofpenningtonva.gov   

I would like to thank you for your patience and understanding.

Sincerely,

Keith Harless, Town Manager

News!

L to R, Sylvia Jane Sergent, Ben Sergent III, Nancy J.H. Sergent, Birg E. Sergent, Lana Sergent, Darrell Crusenberry, not pictured Pamela Darlene Caudill. Also pictured, Mayor Larry Holbrook, Councilwoman Jill Carson

TOWN ANNOUNCES NO BOUNDARIES, ALL INCLUSIVE PARK

The property is comprised of approximately 3 acres, an 18,000 sq. ft. building, and 700 feet of riverfront adjacent to the Powell River.

The subject property is a strip shopping center building located on a three-acre tract of land.  The property is one building which was recently vacated in preparation for the transfer to the town of Pennington Gap. The property was originally built as a grocery store with an attached variety store by Caswell Walker and operated by the same owner.  The property was subsequently the location of a Payless Grocery Store and now the property has been renovated into a strip shopping center. The property most recently was used as a four-unit commercial center.

Last year, Pennington Gap town manager, Keith Harless, approached the property owners of the old Payless property about the future of the building to determine if they had any upcoming plans for the property.  After a considerable amount of discussions, Mr. Harless proposed an idea for the property owners to donate the property to the town in order to develop a new, innovative type of park- a park that is designed to include everyone. This park will not only include standardized park equipment, but the park will also include equipment that will accommodate everyone, including children with special needs. The new park will contain a strategic mix of playground equipment and activities supporting play for all ages and abilities. This park is designed for all children, especially for those with different needs such as autism and barrier challenges.  The park will also have an area set aside for fitness support for the actively aging society.

The estimated cost at this time to include an all-new playground, new bathrooms, a pavilion along the riverfront, and overlooks of the river designed for fishing, are estimated to be around $800,000.00. At this time the town has not appropriated any money but discussions have begun with private investors and many grant agencies.

Stone Mountain ATV Trail

The Trail Too Tough to Tame

Trail Head located at Pennington Gap Welcome Center/Leeman Field RV Campground Open Daily Dawn to Dusk

RVs and Primative Camping

  • 335 Fairground Rd.

Leeman Field RV Park has 21 full service spaces available for rent with 15/30 & 50 amp hookups. Additional spaces are available without electricity. Tent camping is available along the river.

A campground attendant is available on-sight during the following hours to accept payments and reservations.

  • Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9 AM-12 PM
  • Saturday: 9 AM-1 PM, Sunday: 11 AM-1 PM

Reservations and other arrangements-call: 276.298.5177 or message info@townofpenningtonva.gov

Nightly rates:50 amp hookup-$30, 15/30 amp hookup-$25, Unimproved tent camping-$10

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Leeman Field RV Park & Campground space layout.

Stone Mountain ATV Trail

  • 287 Right Poor Valley Rd.

Maps and Directions and Trail Permits

Trail maps and town maps are available at Spearhead Permit vendors. The town has designated certain streets as ATV friendly, marked by signage. The route begins by crossing the bridge from the park entrance onto North Kentucky Street, head south into town, at the light turn left or right onto Morgan Avenue, East as far as the light at Taco Bell/Riverview Shopping Center or West as far as Huddle House/Westgate Mall, including the future hospital on Combs Road. Also a crossover to South Kentucky Street to Joslyn, westward will allow for theatre attendance and East from Harrell to Doris Ave and beyond to include from Rooster’s Pub to Subway Restaurant travel.

Please obtain a town map for more information. All drivers on ATV Streets must have a valid drivers license.

Daily and yearly permits for Spearhead Trails are available at; 

  • Pennington Welcome Center/Trailhead
  • Family Tire at 40848 W Morgan Ave.,
  •  FasMart, 6633 Hwy 421 S, and
  • Black Diamond Sunoco, 40554 W Morgan Ave.

New in 2018, Lee County permit for residents of Lee @$25

Permits are $10 under 8 or adults $60 a year or $20 daily and may be used at any Spearhead Trail. All riders must sign a waiver and those under 18 must have a parent sign. Visit Spearhead Trails for a complete list of rules and regulations.

Helmets Required

State law requires all riders to have helmets on at all times. If you have arrived without helmets, they are available for rent or purchase at the permit vendors. For additional information

CALL 276-298-5177

Spearhead Trails -Stone Mountain

Prepare to be rocked with the excitement of Stone Mountain Trail. The views are spectacular, especially in the fall. The sunset and overlooks rival all the national parks. Stop by a picnic table and take it all in.

The Town of Pennington Gap welcomes you.

Leeman Field Park Information

Leeman Field Park and Greenway

Constructed in 1933, Leeman Field was the largest enclosed baseball field in the world for two and a half decades. The ball field encompassed 15 acres with a high board fence and sheltered hundreds of fans in a wooden grand stand. 

Facilities at the 33 acre park now include: swimming pool, picnic pavilions, playground, sports fields, horse show ring, amphitheater, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, volleyball pit, fairgrounds, and tractor pull.  A walking track around Leeman will soon extends across the river and joins the Greenway along the river to a Riverbend shopping area. 

Located just off U.S. 421 North in Pennington Gap, Leeman Field is open year-round and is within one mile of our scenic Stone Face Rock. It’s home to Independence Day and New Year’s eve celebrations and fireworks, and Christmas Fantasy in lights from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day.

Picnic pavilions are closed at this time. Reservations in the future will be by calling 276-546-1177.

Leeman Field Pool is closed for 2020 due to COVID-19. We will reopen next year. ​

The pool is normally open seasonally from Memorial weekend until the first week of August. Private party scheduling and information are available by calling at 276-546-0270. Parties start at $130 and are priced according to the amount of attendance/lifeguards required. 

During regular season, daily admission is $3 per person. Concessions are available. Campground residents are admitted free. 

​FOR CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS CALL 276-298-5177

Employment Application

Print this form for employment application for all positions except, with the police department or instructed otherwise. Drop at office or mail or email to info@townofpenningtonva.gov

Stone Mountain Trail

Stone Mountain Trail, part of the Spearhead Trail system, is located at Leeman Field Park along with a Welcome Center, RV Park, permit office and park amenities.

ATV’s are allowed on marked town roads only and dawn til dusk with a Spearhead permit and on HELMETS REQUIRED AT ALL TIMES. This allows tourists to access food and other services while enjoying the trail. 

Leeman Field RV Park – Call 276-298-5177 for reservations.

WE ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS IN PERSON OR OVER THE PHONE. 

Lee County PSA

On January 2, 2019 in an emergency hearing, Lee County PSA was granted an extension to a previous injunction requiring the Town of Pennington to continue providing water services for Big Hill and Miller/Smyth Chapel. Another hearing will be scheduled for some time in spring 2019. The Town of Pennington is hopeful the outcome of this hearing will result in a resolution in this matter.

Even though this injunction was extended, it does not change the following facts of the situation. 

The Lee County PSA’s debt to The Town of Pennington is currently $161,601.96 and growing.

The Town of Pennington paid their engineer, The Lane Group, to produce a water and sewer rate analysis.  The rate study took into account all costs associated with the town’s water and sewer system. This study included guidelines set by state and federal government and the contracts between Pennington Gap and the wholesalers they supply with treated water.  The wholesalers include Dryden Water Authority, Woodway Water Authority, St. Charles Water Authority and Lee County PSA. Each authority has a contract with the town.

Pennington Gap water plant expanded from a 1 million gallon per day plant to a 2 million gallon plant. All parties involved agreed to help pay back the original loan/grant with each wholesaler having a separate contract based on certain allocations of the plant for which they are responsible.

After the new rate analysis was complete, all wholesalers were notified of the new rate increases. At that time there had been only one previous rate increase and that was in 2007 (11 years ago), other than Woodway water, who requested a larger capacity in 2010 to allow the sale of water to the Lee County PSA to supply water to the Stickleyville area.  All wholesalers were notified and all agreed to the new rates with the exception of Lee County PSA. Pennington Gap also raised the rates on its citizens and businesses as well starting in July 2017.

Lee County PSA has accused the town of using unjustified figures in the rate study. The Town uses the Industry Standards in the field of Town and Government operations in creating the town’s budget. The town has worked closely with the Virginia Department of Health on maximizing its water business model to make the water department as efficient as possible.  Using these methods, the town is divided into three categories. 1-general services 2- water 3-sewer.   Each employee is assigned to the department in which they work.  Administrative costs are distributed to each department, which is standard in town and city governments throughout Virginia. These departments should operate independently and be self-sustaining. Lee County PSA is alleging these practices are unheard of and not in the contract. These same standards were agreed upon in the 2007 rate increase and have been in place ever since.

As stated earlier, the town has not raised water rates to the Lee County PSA since 2007 and 1998 for Sewer. Lee County PSA has continually raised the rates on their customers who receive their water and sewer via Pennington Gap.  The town would like to call attention to these rate increases to the people of Big Hill, Miller-Smith Chapel, Dryden, and Ben-Hur Sewer.

Lee County PSA water rate to their customer is $36.00 for the first 2,000 gallons. Compare this amount to the amount they pay different vendors for the same amount of water. (see attached pg. 18 & 19 of the LENOWISCO Utility Rate Survey 2019)

The Town of Pennington is grateful that the town’s administrator is a resident of Lee County and is also a customer of the water and sewer system provided by the town.  The Town feels it is vital that people who are in a position to make important decisions on their behalf be subject to the effect of those decisions as well.

The Town of Pennington looks forward to the next hearing but regrets the leadership of Lee County PSA is willing to spend thousands of their customer’s dollars in legal and attorney fees instead of working with The Town of Pennington toward an agreement.

Town of Pennington has posted to their website a survey conducted by LENOWISCO (Utility Rate Survey 2019).  Also current audits performed by Thrower and Blanton Association.

Town of Pennington Gap

January 3, 2019