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Linacy fire department has eye on former school property

PICTOU – The Linacy Fire Department could soon have some land for its training sessions.

The department recently approached county council inquiring about land beside the fire hall that currently houses the former Linacy school.

County staff said Monday during a property services meeting that the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board recently declared the school as surplus property which means it is turned over to the municipality.

County staff said the building hasn’t been used as a school since the early 1970s and there are safety concerns about its poor condition.

Since the board turned the building over to the municipality, it is its responsibility to take it down.

During the property services meeting it declared it as unsightly and dangerous and gave county staff an order to have it demolished and the site cleaned up.

Council said the land cannot be automatically turned over to the fire department but it might be sold to it for a low amount. However, it first must go through the proper procedures regarding land sales which could take a month or more to complete.

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