Columbia County commissioners might decide Tuesday to close an unstaffed fire station near Pollards Corner.
The property where Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue station No. 15 is located on Burks Mountain Road is owned by Robert Pollard, county Emergency and Operations Division Director Pam Tucker said.
“The lease is in effect until 2016,” Tucker said. “Some discussion with the property owner indicated that he does have another use for the property.”
The station is equipped, but not permanently staffed. Volunteers occasionally staff the station, which the Board of Elections also uses as a voting location, Tucker said.
“It was very costly for utilities,” Tucker said, adding that if commissioners approve the lease dissolution, the last day of operations at the station will be March 15. “That’s the only (station) we don’t own.”
The station number will be transferred from the Burks Mountain station to a planned station on County Line Road. The purchase of that property is still ongoing, Tucker said.
If closing the Burks Mountain station is approved, Tucker said another equipped, but unstaffed station scheduled to close will be kept open on White Road.
The County Line station was initially planned to replace the White Road station. But Tucker said the White Road station recently proved to be very valuable.
“It was supposed to be closed,” Tucker said. “We’ve had a couple of structure fires and that truck from the unstaffed station was first on the scene and put the fire out.”