Lakemont Old Fire Station sign now

Background:

Lakemont, Georgia has struggled since 2001 to regain viability as a village. Several new businesses have opened and are trying their best to succeed. In order to sustain and improve the resurgence of Lakemont, that so many have worked toward, additional businesses are required to reach a critical mass of viability. With limited commercial buildings available for use in Lakemont, it is important that all such buildings be utilized in a fashion benefiting the community. Additionally, parking in Lakemont is extremely limited. The sharing of the parking area at Lakemont Provisions with the fire department has prevented Lakemont Provisions from improving the parking situation in Lakemont for all of village.

In 1979, for the sum of $10, the Lakemont-Wiley Fire Department was granted a 99 year easement to use property behind Lakemont Provisions for a new fire station. This agreement stipulated that the building be used as a fire station and this use would not interfere with the operations of the other business on the property. In 2004, the Lakemont-Wiley Fire Department moved into a new building capable of housing 6 fire trucks and all of their equipment. The Lakemont-Wiley Fire Department refuses to acknowledge that they no longer have a need for the old building.

In an effort to avoid a lawsuit, the owners of Lakemont Provisions have offered to make a substantial donation to the fire department if they would terminate the lease peacefully. Unfortunately, the Fire Department and the Rabun County Commissioners refuse to cooperate.

Statement:

We believe that the community of Lakemont and Rabun County would benefit from a peaceful termination of the lease agreement with the Lakemont-Wiley Fire Department and the owners of Lakemont Provisions.

We encourage the Rabun County Commissioners to acknowledge that the Lakemont-Wiley Fire Department no longer has a legitimate need for the former location of the Lakemont-Wiley Fire Department. We encourage the Rabun County Commissioners to support the termination of the lease agreement, thereby helping the community of Lakemont continue to grow.

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