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Commission to close Appling fire station

Posted: March 6, 2012 - 7:46pm  |  Updated: March 6, 2012 - 7:51pm
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Columbia County commissioners ended a lease agreement Tuesday on property that housed an Appling fire station.

The Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue Station No. 15 at 5701 Burks Mountain Road contains equipment, but is unmanned, according to county documents.

The commission voted to terminate the lease with Pollard Lumber Co. Inc. for the about quarter-acre parcel effective March 15, which is four years early.

County Emergency and Operations Director Pam Tucker said the lease termination is meant to save on utility costs.

Tucker said other nearby fire stations will take over coverage of the Station No. 15 area. The nearest staffed stations are about 3 miles north on Clarks Hill Road and about 4 miles east on Ray Owens Road.

With the closure, Martinez-Columbia still has 16 other stations, all on county-owned property, and intend to build another on County Line Road. Equipment from the Burks Mountain Road station will transfer to the new station on County Line Road once finished.

Also at the Tuesday meeting, commissioners approved installing three light poles at the Riverside Dog Park.

Georgia Power will charge the county about $930 to install the 30-foot poles and another $2,231 annually to light them.

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