The Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners will lease 15.6 acres of state-owned land to build a new fire station.
The county, working in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, will assume management of the property adjacent to what was formerly known as Blackburn State Park.
Plans are to use the facility already in place to establish an additional fire station. That will allow Lumpkin to address Insurance Services Office concerns in that area, board Chairman Chris Dockery said.
The 15.62 acres was acquired through a 50-year lease. The county will be responsible for utilities, insurance and general upkeep of the property.
County officials will spend the next few weeks evaluating the property and facilities, and aim to have Fire Station No. 8 operational by the end of the year. An existing building and fire truck will be used.
“We are pleased that this allows us to provide additional fire service in this area of the County at minimal costs to the taxpayers,” County Manager Stan Kelley said in a news release.