Lee County, Virginia
Notice is hereby given that a public hearing for a certificate of public need has been scheduled for Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at Lee High School in its auditorium located at 200 Generals Lane in Jonesville, Virginia. The public hearing will begin at 7:00 p.m. and the applicant will be given 15 minutes to present its project. Public comments will follow the applicant’s presentation.
The project to be heard is COPN Request No. VA-8110 by Lee County Hospital Authority d/b/a Lee County Community Hospital to establish a 25-bed general acute care hospital (Critical Access) including one fixed CT scanner, one mobile MRI unit, and two general purpose operating rooms. This proposed hospital would reoccupy the former Lee Regional Medical Center located at 127 Health Care Drive in Pennington Gap, Virginia. The projected total capital cost of this project is $8,078,638 which would be financed entirely with a loan from the Virginia Resources Authority. The total capital and financing cost of this project is $12,017,011.
Any interested party may appear at this public hearing and present comments which will be limited to 3 minutes per speaker. Sign-in sheets will be available a 6:00 p.m. Written comments not presented at this public hearing may be sent to the Virginia Department of Health at 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 401, Henrico, Virginia 23233. The Division of Certificate of Public Need will publish its staff report and recommendation to the State Health Commissioner on October 20, 2014.
COMBINED NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
AND INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS
SEPTEMBER 23, 2014
LEE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
P. O. BOX 367
JONESVILLE, VIRGINIA 24263
This Notice shall satisfy the above-cited two separate but related procedural notification requirements.
REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS
On or about October 14, 2014, the Lee County Board of Supervisors will submit a request to the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) for the release of Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended (PL 93-383), to undertake a project known as Baileytown Community Water Project, for the purpose of construction of 3,935 LF of water distribution line and 1,600 LF of water service line to provide water to residents of the Baileytown community in western Lee County.
FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
The Lee County Board of Supervisors has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required. Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file at the Lee County Administrator’s Office, Lee County Courthouse, 33640 Main Street, Suite 111, Jonesville, Virginia and may be examined or copied weekdays 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Any individual, group, or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to comment on the project may submit written comments to the Lee County Administrator’s Office. All comments received by October 13, 2014 will be considered by the Lee County Board of Supervisors prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Commentors should specify which part of this Notice they are addressing.
RELEASE OF FUNDS
The Lee County Board of Supervisors certifies to DHCD that Dane Poe in his capacity as County Administrator consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. DHCD’S approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities, and allows the Lee County Board of Supervisors to use Program funds.
OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS
DHCD will consider objections to its release of funds and the Lee County Board of Supervisors’ certification received by October 31, 2014 or a period of fifteen days from its receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer or other officer of the Lee County Board of Supervisors approved by DHCD; (b) the Lee County Board of Supervisors has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58; (c) the grant recipient or other participants in the project have committed funds or incurred costs not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by DHCD; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58) and shall be addressed to DHCD at:
Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development
Attn: Program Administration and Assistance Office
Main Street Centre
600 E. Main St., Suite 300
Richmond, Virginia 23219‑2430
(804) 371-7061 [TTP 371-7089 / FAX 371-7093]
Potential objectors should contact DHCD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.
D. Dane Poe, County Administrator