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City of Wilder to break ground on new fire station, celebrate flag raising at Community Picnic Sept. 8

The City of Wilder will host a groundbreaking ceremony on September 8, at 1 p.m., promptly, to celebrate the upcoming construction of a new fire station.

The ceremony is open to the public and will be held at 522 Licking Pike, next to the City Building.

“The groundbreaking of a new fire station represents not only the start of a much-needed facilities upgrade for our First Responders but signals the start of a renaissance of the city center area of Wilder,” said Mayor Bob Arnold. “I am grateful to all involved for their efforts in shepherding this project to this point in the process and look forward to watching these efforts through to completion.”

The building designed by McGill Smith Punshon Design (MSP), will encompass 14,000 square feet and is slated to cost $4.2 million dollars.
Codell Construction, will be at the helm of the project as Construction Manager at Risk (CMR).

The fire station will have four apparatus bays with living quarters and administrative offices. This facility will replace two existing fire stations and construction is projected to be completed in early fall of 2020.

City to celebrate annual flag raising

The City of Wilder’s 54th annual flag raising ceremony will take place that same day (Sept. 8), at 2 p.m.

The ceremony began as a dream that Mrs. Robin Gibson had back in 1966.

Gibson, who was a member of the Wilder Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary and a pillar in the Wilder Community during the 60s, 70s and 80s, took that dream and made it into reality that same year as a celebration of the national flag and of those who fought for it.

Many years have passed, but the tradition still stands strong today.

“It is my great privilege to lead the City of Wilder in the annual flag-raising ceremony to honor all veterans, past and present, for their service, dedication, and commitment in safeguarding the liberties and freedoms of our country.,” said Mayor Arnold. “I invite all veterans and residents of Wilder to join us in honoring these heroes,”
The ceremony will be held at the Steinhauer-Schardt V.F.W. Post 8020 flagpole located at the Veterans Memorial Park, behind the city building.

This year the city will pay special tribute to the Verst Family, whose 9 brothers served in the Armed Forces. Immediately following the flag raising the city will host the Annual Community Picnic at the Municipal Building.

The City of Wilder is located along the Licking River in Campbell County, just south of Newport.

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