April 7, 1999

Rappahannock News - - COMMENT -

The Lee fam­ily farm, lo­cated be­tween Route 211 and Fod­der­stack Road in Wash­ing­ton, ex­hibits a quiet ef­fi­ciency that is re­flec­tive of its own­ers.

There is lit­tle ac­tiv­ity ap­par­ent to the eye at this time of year, but one can feel that the im­pend­ing bus­tle, which will not be re­strained by the early Spring chill for much longer.

Bryant Lee, a can­di­date for the Hamp­ton District seat on the Rap­pa­han­nock County Board of Su­per­vi­sors, op­er­ated the farm with the as­sis­tance of his fa­ther, Thomas, and un­cle

James Lee.

He views his po­lit­i­cal role in the county as “a spokesman for the peo­ple . . . and I will con­tinue to be.”

This may be in­ter­preted to mean that Lee is a con­sen­sus builder but, as he clar­i­fied, it is more than that: he be­lieves that he shares the opin­ions of a broad ma­jor­ity of his con­stituents.

Now 37, Lee gained his po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence largely through twelve years of ser­vice to the county as a mem­ber of the school board; at the time, he was the youngest per­son ever to serve in the post in Rap­pa­han­nock.

For his part, Lee will seek to fill the Hamp­ton District seat to be va­cated by Mike Massie in Novem­ber.

The pro­posed cel­lu­lar/PCS tow­ers in Rap­pa­han­nock County, the school bud­get and the Miller sub­di­vi­sion were among the top­ics that came be­fore the Rap­pa­han­nock County Board of Su­per­vi­sors dur­ing their April meet­ing.

All five mem­bers were present, as well as County Ad­min­is­tra­tor John McCarthy, County At­tor­ney Peter Luke, and Clerk Diane Bruce.

There was a lengthy dis­cus­sion on the cel­lu­lar tower is­sue, which was ad­dressed last month at a joint meet­ing of the su­per­vi­sors and County Plan­ning Com­mis­sion.

Al­though many cit­i­zens are op­posed to the tall com­mu­ni­ca­tions tow­ers in Rap­pa­han­nock, the fed­eral Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Act of 1996 pro­hibits lo­cal gov­ern­ments to pass or­di­nances that deny erect­ing such tow­ers.

McCarthy noted that Sprint is at­tempt­ing to min­i­mize the num­ber of tow­ers they need by plac­ing them in strate­gic lo­ca­tions.

The board in­structed McCarthy and Luke to present a draft or­di­nance to the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion with re­view by the su­per­vi­sors.

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