UNION COUNTY — When it comes to the EMS station Union County is about to go from being a renter to being an owner.
In a special session Wednesday afternoon, Union County Council voted to purchase the EMS station, located at 1262 S. Duncan Bypass, Union, for $300,000.
Council’s decision comes less than a year after the county assumed responsibility for the EMS on July 1, 2015 following the acquisition of the Union Hospital District by the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. As part of the agreement governing the acquisition, the county agreed to take control of the EMS while the SRHS took control of the rest of the district including Wallace Thomson Hospital — now called Union Medical Center — and Ellen Sagar Nursing Home — now Ellen Sagar Nursing Center — and Carolinas Health Associates.
Since it assumed responsibility for the EMS, the county has been paying rent on the station in the amount of $4,000 a month.
Union County Supervisor Frank Hart said that the decision to purchase the property had been under consideration for some time, pointing that out renting would cost the county $48,000 a year.
“We’ve been talking about it for a long time,” Hart said Friday. “We considered our options and this was the most effective way to have EMS a place and get us out of renting.”
Hart said the building will be purchased using a combination of funds.
“Thanks to (State Rep.) Mike Anthony and the rest of the (Union County) Legislative Delegation we got part of the proceeds from the sale of the old bus shop, $109,000,” Hart said. “The balance ($191,000) will come from the Union County Multi-County Park Fund which is revenue generated by multi-county park agreements.”
Hart said that plans are to try and have the sale completed by the end of April. He said the owner of the building has said that if the sale is completed before the end of April the rent the county paid for that month would be applied to the cost of its purchase.
Once the county has acquired ownership of the 15,000 square-foot building, Hart said it will begin considering its options for future renovations of the facility. He said the owner has already put a new, $60,000 metal roof on the building.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or [email protected]