Hearing for restraining order against Lee Co. hospital scheduled for Tuesday

Hearing for restraining order against Lee Co. hospital scheduled for Tuesday

LEE CO., GA (WALB) - Lee County commissioners say a hearing has been scheduled for the restraining order that was requested by Dougherty County commissioners to stop all work on the Lee County Medical Center.

Lee County Commissioner Billy Mathis said the hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 in Fulton County Superior Court at the Lee County Commission meeting on Tuesday.

As part of the Dougherty County Commission's lawsuit against the Georgia Department of Community Health, attorneys for Dougherty County requested a restraining order to halt all work on the proposed Lee County hospital.

Dougherty County commissioners said the state department did not follow their guidelines in approving a Certificate of Need for the Lee County hospital and filed a lawsuit against the body.

Another topic discussed during the Lee County meeting was the Dougherty County Commission meeting that was held on Monday.

There, seven people voiced their concerns straight to Dougherty County commissioners on their attempts to stop construction of the Lee County Medical Center.

Mathis said he was very disappointed after the meeting, learning that Dougherty County has spent nearly $50,000 of tax-payers money.

But he was not surprised that citizens were in favor of the Lee County Medical Center.

"We know that the public is on our side, the public in Lee County, the public in Dougherty County. The only folks that aren't on our side have a monetary interest," said Mathis.

Lee County commissioners said the requested restraining order and lawsuit against the state department have not delayed their plans and they are ready to build a hospital very soon.

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