April 7, 1999
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
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.