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Emergency calls, including leaks, should be directed to the Lee County Sheriff’s dispatch at 276-346-7777.

 

Full Time Job- Applications for Crewman II for Public Works accepted until 4:00 PM, December 12.

Definition of work:
This is semi-skilled manual work in the Public Works Department.

The applicant is responsible for performing a range of tasks in construction, maintenance and repair, and operating various types of mechanical equipment. 
Examples of Work:
Construction and repair of sidewalks, patch holes in streets, resurface streets, and clean culverts.
Install and tap water and sewer lines, repair leaks, open clogged sewers, and thaw frozen water lines.
Operate equipment such as dump truck, street sweepers, mowing machines, and snow plows.
Conduct maintenance and repair work.
Perform related work as required.
Requirements of Work:
Some knowledge of a variety of semi-skilled maintenance and manual tasks.
Ability to operate safely and skillfully and to service light automotive equipment. 
Ability to understand simple written and oral instructions.
Ability to do heavy manual labor for extended periods under varying weather conditions.
Ability to get along with others.
Mechanical aptitude.
Good physical condition.
Availability for on-call emergencies.
A Virginia Operators License, Class B CDL with Air Brake endorsement preferred or must obtain within 6 months after employment.

Pay range is $7.25- $9.00 per hour based on skills and experience. Also, all applicants must undergo an extensive back ground check, a pre-employment drug screening, and physical will be required prior to offer of employment.
Applications are available at Pennington Town Hall located at 528 Industrial Drive, Pennington Gap Virginia or download here.

Applications will be accepted until December 12 at 4:00 PM 
The Town of Pennington is an equal opportunity employer and a drug-free work environment. The town provides access to Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield health benefits including vision, dental, and prescription and AFLAC. The town is a member of the Virginia Retirement System.

 

The 2018 Annual Water Quality report is now available here. If you would like a printed copy, please call 276-546-1177 and one will be mailed.

Trade Day at the Farmers Market, 1st Saturday of every month 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, 42280 E Morgan, between Cumberland Auto and Cuz's, at the carport pavilions.

Come and sell or trade anything, $5.00 to set up, $10.00 for covered space. All proceeds go to the Pennington Gap Fire Department. Questions? Please contact Town Hall, 276-546-1177.

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. 

Trash pick up schedule, those that do not know what your area is, give us a call.

2015-Mayor Holbrook with Gary Garrison, Water Plant Superintendent and Tim Dye, Superintendent of Public Works with 30 Years Service Plaques.

RV Park/Campground/Welcome Center/Trailhead info. 

Open year round for camping.

Visit www.leetheatre.org for calendar of events at Lee Theatre.

Holiday Trash Pick-up-Christmas Eve will be picked up on Monday, 23rd and Christmas Day will be picked up on Thursday, 26th.

ATTENTION LEE COUNTY FARMERS

The Town of Pennington is seeking local farms to be included in our bio-solids program. We are looking for farmers who have 25 acres or more of usable land that is relatively level and mostly rock free. We make every effort to recycle our bio-solids and need your help in making this possible. Some benefits of recycling bio-solids include reducing the use of commercial fertilizers and free soil testing. We are self-sufficient, providing the labor and equipment at no cost to the farmer. Bio-solids are a renewable resource, recovered during the process of cleaning waste water, that contains valuable nutrients and organic matter that improve soil quality. It is a treated, safe product and cost-effective alternative to fertilizer. 

If you are interested or have questions, please contact one of the operators at Pennington Gap Waste Water Plant at (276)-546-5343 or e-mail at wastewater@townofpenningtonva.gov

Get the facts about bio-solids:

www.epa.gov/biosolids

www.deq.virginia.gov

www.virginiabiosolids.com

GO GREEN! Recent updates now allow the water billing department to send your bill via email. This will ensure delivery on time of your water bill and allow direct communication should you have questions. If you would like to take advantage of this service, please call 276-546-1177 with your email address or send us a "Yes, email bill me" from your email to info@townofpenningtonva.gov, or otherwise, notifiy us of your email address. This, along with the option to direct draft payment from your bank account saves time and postage for us all!

Please use curbside drop box for payments.

NOTICE!!!

A leash law has been passed at the April 15 Council meeting. All dogs within the boundaries of the Town of Pennington Gap shall be kept on a leash or otherwise restrained. A violation of this ordinance is a Class 4 misdemeanor. [Enabling statute, Code of Virginia Section 3.2-6539 (1950, as amended)] [Punishment statute, Code of Virginia section 3.2-6587 (1950 as amended)]

***Announcement***

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

Contact Us:

Town Hall-276.546.1177

Leeman Field Campground Reservations-276.298.5177

​​Leeman Field Pool - 276.546.0270

Emergency After Hours - 276.546.1151 or 276.346.7777 for county dispatcher

EMAIL

info@townofpenningtonva.gov

844-703-1267 Toll Free

Town of Pennington Gap

528 Industrial Drive

Pennington Gap, VA 24277

8 AM to 5 PM Weekdays

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CALL 276-546-1177

528 Industrial Drive

8 AM-5 PM Weekdays

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This institution is an equal opportunity provider