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Fire officials in East Pembroke say they need a new fire hall to serve the 5,500 residents in the fire district. Filled with signs of decay, the building on Route 5 cannot properly fit the trucks, they say.

Tonight, they’re holding public information meeting knowing they need to assuage residents’ concerns.

They’re asking for $3 million to build a more modern and adequate fire hall.

The tax rate is projected to almost double to $1.98 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, but Department member William Joyce reiterated that it’s a necessity.

“This isn’t a hall that we’d like to have, it’s a hall that we need,” he said. “It’s only due to the currently situation of the hall. Ever since that car accident two years ago, it just opened up the weaknesses of the building. The trucks are getting bigger and we have beams 30 inches apart supporting where the trucks back in because the concrete is fading and chipping away.”

It takes place tonight at 7 p.m. at the St. Maximilian Kolbe recreation hall on Church Street. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

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