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Veterans Park public meeting set Dec. 30

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Wilson County Veterans Park and Museum is projected to open at the end of May 2014 and is now accepting bids and donations.

“We have had several people to call and ask how they could be a part of this beautiful contribution to our veterans,” Bernie Ash, veterans service officer, said.

There are two different ways you can contribute. First is by donation. You can come by the Veteran’s Service Office located in the Wilson County Courthouse, or call 444-2460; Ash said he is willing to meet with anyone to discuss the layout and detail of the project and how you can be a part.

Second is by contributions of materials. A donation of supplies or labor is needed to build the park.

A meeting will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 30, in the Commission Room at the Wilson County Courthouse, for people to attend and discuss what is needed in terms of materials, supplies and labor. The meeting is open to the public and contributions will be accepted along with suggestions of who may be available to take care of the needs for the project.

The Veteran Services Office has worked hard preparing fundraisers for the park. They have sold T-shirts, bricks in memory of a veteran and those in support of a veteran.

If you plan to donate materials, supplies or labor and are unable to attend the meeting, you can pick up a bid packet from the Phoenix Builders group. The goal is to do all donations of this nature through the bid packet.

“We hope everyone will get excited as we generate something to honor the people who have sacrificed over the years for our freedom, veterans,” County Mayor Randall Hutto said.

Steve Robinson of Phoenix Commercial Builders, LLC was awarded the construction manager for the project, he was the lowest bidder.

Bids will go out on Jan. 6; bids will be opened on Jan. 16 and reviewed on Jan. 17. Construction on the park is projected to start Feb. 3.

For more information, contact the Veteran Services Office at 444-2460. Ash or Carol Dedman in the office can answer your questions.

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