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Pocomoke City Leaders Struggle With What To Do With Old Fire Station

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POCOMOKE, Md.- City leaders in Pocomoke are struggling with what to do with the town's old fire station house. The building located on Fifth Street has sat vacant for several years. An attempt to sell the building this past spring was rejected. The ailing building has city leaders split on its worth. 

The old fire station building needs a lot of work. Pocomoke City Manager, Ernie Crowfoot said asbestos, lead paint, and mold are crippling the old fire stations value. 

The town tried to sell the property, but the highest bid was only for $2,500. That bid was rejected. Mayor Bruce Morrison favors the low bid, to allow the buyer to make the necessary and expensive repairs. 

Crowfoot said the property is appraised at $225,000. He said in good conscience he could not sell the property at that low price. 

Estella Schoolfield lives in Pocomoke and disagrees. 

"That's an old building, its been there ever since I was a small child and if somebody's got to go in there and fix it up, why not let it go, if they're going to fix it why not let it go for $2,500, there will be some that don't agree, but why not," Schoolfield said.

Schoolfield said the building could serve a great need in the community. 

"Right now we need recreation centers for the kids, because they have nothing to do but roam around the streets, even when school is out they're all over the place," Schoolfield said. 

Neighbor Robin McCready said if the town cannot fix or tear down the building, the selling price shouldn't be an issue. 

"If it was utilized for the kids I don't think the town should have a problem with the price. I'm not in their financial board or anything, but we need something for the kids," McCready said. 

City officials estimate it would cost $1,000,000 to completely rehab the old fire station. 

Crowfoot said the city will look to revisit selling the building in the future when it could possibly get a more reasonable offer. 

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