CB&T donates land for new Warner Robins fire station

chwright@macon.comSeptember 20, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- A new fire station will be built on 3.8 acres of land CB&T Bank donated to the city, according to a Friday afternoon news release.

“It’s a necessary thing for the city,” said Councilman Mike Davis, a former firefighter. “The city is growing.”

The news release states construction of the fire station will begin before the end of this year on Cartwright Drive, off Ga. 96. Davis said a few more steps will need to be finalized before construction begins. Former Councilman Mike Brashear has said construction would take about six months to complete.

A news conference will be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the future site, the release states. Anyone who attends has been asked to wear closed-toe shoes because of existing sandspurs.

City Council has discussed the new fire station for at least a year and has worked on the land purchase in closed meetings for most of this year.

“The mayor has handled negotiations,” Davis said, adding he doesn’t know the details of the bank deal. “The council did allocate some money. If we don’t have to spend it, then that’s a good thing.”

Shaheen did not return a call for comment Friday.

The 2012 special purpose local option sales tax includes $750,000 for the fire station.

Council approved funding for 11 firefighters who would staff the station in the fiscal 2014 budget, saying the city didn’t want to end up with a building that didn’t have anyone to run it.

“It’s going to be some opportunities for some guys that have been there to get promoted,” Davis said. “And that’s something you always want for your employees.”

To contact writer Christina M. Wright, call 256-9685.

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