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February 22, 2013

Two fire stations or just one for West Newbury?

Selectmen discuss closing Garden Street facility

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“We do a great job out of Central Station,” Dwyer said and offered praise for “the skill level and dedication of our current men and women.”

Berkenbush asserted that should the building no longer function as a fire station, it would no longer be a municipal property. Its ownership would revert back to the Laurel Grange #161, which deeded the property to the town in 1968.

But according to Town Counsel Michael McCarron, the lineage of the property is a bit more complicated. The deed says the property was given to the town with a restriction guaranteeing it would revert back to the grange “in the event that the Inhabitants of the Town of West Newbury ceases (sic) to use the conveyed portion for municipal purposes.”

But McCarron says according to state law, any reversion would have to have occurred within 30 years of the date of the deed. “Since the 30 years have passed, the town now owns the property in fee simple absolute,” he said.

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