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February 23--  Officials in Montgomery County are working out details to build a new fire station in Tarrytown.

At a meeting Wednesday night, the county commission met with Tarrytown Volunteer Fire Department Chief Don Snively and Tarrytown Mayor Lynette Coleman.

The county is buying a lot in Tarrytown and plans to use sales tax revenue to help build a three-bay fire station which it will own and lease to either the city or to the volunteer fire department.  Either way, commission chairman Franklin Brantley says the county is committed to improving fire facilities in Tarrytown.

"We're committed to provide the protection.  We've acquired SPLOST funds for that and I know the whole board is committed to provide that service.  Now it's just a matter of dotting the i's and crossing the t's legally to get it to the point that we can start construction.  Our lawyer is going to give us recommendations and just as soon as we get that and understand it, we'll make a move on it," he said.

County manager David Curry says the county will spend just under $100,000 for the building and he expects the volunteer firemen to provide labor and other in-kind services amounting to about $30,000.

"Hopefully we can get our issues with Tarrytown Fire Department regarding the lease and the land to come together at the same time.  That's one of the reasons we called the meeting for tonight to get all those issues worked out and hopefully we can start in the next couple of weeks," he said.

Chairman Brantley also signed a letter to county department heads recommending improvements to accounting procedures based on the county audit and the commission approved a letter by the county development authority in support of shopping locally.