July 06--Hundreds of homes in rural southeastern Cumberland County currently rated by the state as unprotected from fire will move closer to protection Monday.
The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners is expected to approve a $271,000 bank loan for Beaver Dam Fire Department to build a 3,600-square-foot satellite station in the Turnbull area.
Beaver Dam answers fire calls in the community, but the homes are too far from the station to be considered protected under state Department of Insurance criteria.
Beaver Dam bought the land for the Turnbull station six years ago. Complaints that the department was dragging its feet on the plans intensified when insurance bills climbed as companies began using mapping software to pinpoint the distance of homes from fire stations.
At 80.6 square miles, Beaver Dam is second only to Fayetteville among the county's largest districts. But it also is one of the poorest, with 1,662 residents and few roads.
The loan for the station is from Southern Bank and Trust, at 3.5 percent interest over 15 years.
The department has allocated $100,000 from its reserves toward the station. Leaders there said in January a contractor has been chosen and the building should go up this year.
Monday's public meeting is at 8:30 a.m. in Room 118 of the Cumberland County Courthouse on Dick Street.
Staff writer Gregory Phillips can be reached at email@example.com or 486-3596.
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