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Lee supervisors to consider penalty for stealing road signs

WALTER LITTRELL • Mar 20, 2007 at 1:39 AM

JONESVILLE - The Lee County Board of Supervisors will conduct a 5 p.m. public hearing today on a proposed amendment to the county's road naming ordinance. The proposed amendment provides penalties for the destruction of road name signs and other related actions.

The proposed amendment addresses what actions are unlawful, including the display of a different address or portions thereof, and the theft or intentional destruction of street signs. Any violation of the ordinance would constitute a Class 4 misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $250.

County Administrator Dane Poe said Monday contractors will soon begin installing road name signs as part of the E-911 implementation process. E-911 Coordinator Don Scott said contractors do not yet know in which areas of the county they will begin the work.

The two said implementation of E-911 service is still several months away, as address data must still be sent to the U.S. Postal Service for approval.

That approval process could take as much as six months or longer to complete, then the data will have to be sent to the telephone company for entry. They estimate the service will not be available before the end of the year or early next year.

In other matters, the board will conduct hearings on a request for rezoning a parcel of property in the Hickory Flats community from agricultural to residential and another hearing for a zoning text amendment to allow auto body shops to be located in residential zones by special permit.

The Virginia Department of Transportation will discuss the six-year road improvement plan and present supervisors with a construction budget approval resolution, and auditors will present the county with the results of the fiscal year 2005-06 audit report.

A number of delegations on the agenda include an update from Mountain Empire Community College and a proposal for fund-raisers from the parks and recreation department. Poe will seek authorization to procure polling site repairs and discuss a proposal for relocation of the commonwealth's attorney's office.

The board is further scheduled to make several appointments to various boards, discuss resolutions for the Robbins Chapel water project, discuss an administration agreement with the planning district, an agreement with the Lee County Public Service Authority and other routine matters.

The regular monthly meeting will begin immediately following the public hearings, which are all scheduled for 5 p.m.

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