Newcomers Guide

If you are new to Alabama or unfamiliar with the Lake Martin area, you may mistakenly believe that modern conveniences and amenities are not available in a secluded, rural lake setting. Fortunately, that is not the case. Whether you are building a home or buying one, you will find the services that you need in the information below. Your LAR realtor is also a great source of information.

•Basic electric service is available from Alabama Power (800-245-2244 or www.alabamapower.com/residential/) or from Alexander City Light & Power (256-409-2080) for some properties near Alexander City.

•Natural gas is typically unavailable for both HVAC equipment and for hot water heaters, stoves, ovens and fireplaces. However, propane gas is a clean and safe alternative. It is available from Area Propane (256-825-4700) and Suburban Gas (256-825-4338). A tank must be purchased from the provider.

•Water is available based on property location from Alexander City (256-329-6710, www.alexandercityonline.com), Jackson’s Gap Water Authority (256-825-8385, www.jacksonsgapwateral.com) or Walnut Hill Water Authority (256-825-9841, www.walnuthillwater.org).

•Garbage service is available from Advance Disposal (866-252-0458).

•AT&T (800-288-2020) is currently the only provider of landline telephone service. Cell service is well supported via satellite towers and reception is good.

•Both AT&T (800-288-2020) and Charter Communications (877-581-3485) offer Internet service.

Alexander City is home to the T. C. Russell Airport (256-329-9057). The airport 18/36 runway is 5,417 feet long and 95 feet wide. Runway 36 is served by a partial parallel taxiway. The airport is equipped with MIRL, MITL, PAPI, VASI and an AWOS. There are 18 t-hangers and 2 corporate hangers available for lease on an annual basis. On site personnel are available to provide routine maintenance, annual inspections, tie-down ramp service and assistance to crew members. Specific questions can be sent to Mike Smith at mike.smith@alexandercityal.gov.

Information about other professional services can be found at www.lakemartin.com. Lake Martin Services (www.lakemartinservices.com) offers a variety of boat, home, lawn, catering, and property management services including concierge housekeeping and grocery shopping options.

Be aware that before any dock or pier construction or repair work begins a shoreline building permit is required by Alabama Power Company (256-825-0053). This requirement applies to construction of new docks and piers as well as additions to existing structures. In situations where a building lies within 15 to 30 feet of the shoreline, a shoreline building permit may also be required. Check with Alabama Power prior to construction or repair. Additional details are available at www.lakemartindock.com/permitting and www.alabamapower.com/community/lakes/shoreline-management.asp.