Columbia County Commission OKs stormwater change, backs new health facility

Population growth provided the impetus for a pair of decisions at Tues­day’s Columbia County Commission meeting.

Increased population near the Riverwood development off Washington Road and in the Wrightsboro Road area near Grovetown prompted a proposal to amend the boundaries of the stormwater service area to include about 673 additional parcels.

All commissioners present – Commissioner Trey Allen was in Atlanta – approved the resolution, which will get a second reading at an Oct. 16 meeting.

The commission also approved a letter of support regarding proposed plans by Doctors Hospital and University Health Care System to build and staff an emergency health facility in the county. The letter will 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,” Commission Chairman Ron Cross said.

Columbia County is the only county in Georgia with a population exceeding 70,000 without a dedicated emergency care facility.

Other issues discussed Tuesday included an honorary sign designating Allen Drive as TaxSlayer Drive and the approval of a new rate and rental agreement package for Evans Towne Center Park, bringing rates in line with similar facilities in the market.

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