Columbia County ends lease on Appling property with unmanned fire station

The Columbia County Commission ended a lease agreement Tuesday on property that houses an Appling fire station.


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

The commission voted to terminate the lease with Pollard Lumber Co. Inc. for the roughly 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 three miles north on Clarks Hill Road and about four miles east on Ray Owens Road.

With the closing, Martinez-Columbia still has 16 stations, all on county-owned property, and intends 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.

In other business, the commission approved installing three light poles at the Riverside Dog Park.

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



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