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Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Co. plan calls for move

May 15, 2002|BY SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

CLEAR SPRING - As part of a 20-year plan, the Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Co. intends to move all of its services onto an 89-acre plot southeast of town it purchased for $800,000, company spokesman Tom Altman said.

The company, which has 30 active members, is making the changes so it can plan for the future, he said. It will outgrow the current fire station in the next 20 years.

"Our planning has to be long-range and we need to be ready for the next 20 years," Altman said.

Altman refused to talk in detail about how the company paid for the purchase but did say it had taken out a loan. The land was purchased in March.

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Under the 20-year plan, the company would build a new firehouse, training area, special events building and carnival grounds on farmland off U.S. 40, Altman said.

There is no estimate on the total cost of the 20-year plan, he said.

It has not been decided whether the new fire station will be larger than the current one, he said. It has also not been decided what will happen to a house and barn on the property or what will be done with the current fire company facilities, he said.

It has not been determined when the services will be moved, but the company won't be building anything on the property for at least five years, Altman said.

The company is obligated to farm the purchased land for a minimum of five years as part of state restrictions on the property, Altman said. A farmer is voluntarily doing the farming on the property, he said.

There are no plans to sell any of the purchased land, he said.

Currently, the company's bingo hall and carnival property are at Big Spring Road, while the fire station is across town on Mulberry Street. The company has a training center on the carnival grounds, he said.

Altman informed the Clear Spring Town Council of the plan to obtain the land at a July 2001 meeting.

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