Population increases led a pair of decisions at Tuesday’s Columbia County Commission meeting.
To meet the needs of people living near the Riverwood development in Evans and in the Wrightsboro Road area near Grovetown, a proposal was made to extend the stormwater service area to include approximately 673 additional parcels of property. It was the first reading of the resolution and all commissioners present – Commissioner Trey Allen was in Atlanta on state business – approved. The resolution will be read a second time at the Oct. 16 meeting.
The commission also approved a letter of support regarding proposed plans by both Doctors Hospital and University Health Care System for an emergency health facility in Columbia County. The letter would be sent to the Georgia Department of Community Health, which determines the need for such facilities.
“It’s a real addition to have any medical facilities, whether it’s this one or not, in Columbia County,” said Commission Chairman Ron Cross.
Columbia County is the only county in Georgia with a population exceeding 70,000 that does not have a dedicated emergency care facility.
Other issues discussed at the commission meeting included an honorary sign designating Allen Drive in Marshall Square as TaxSlayer Drive and the approval of a new rate and rental agreement for Evans Towne Center Park, bringing rates in line with similar facilities in the market.