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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Wilder City Council Prepares for City Center, Firehouse and Other Projects

Wilder City Administrator Terry Vance updates council on city projects. On the left is Mayor Robert Arnold and right is Wilder Police Chief Chad Martin

By Robin Gee, city council beat editor

At a short council meeting on March 3, Wilder City Administrator Terry Vance updated officials on various projects underway.

Vance said he met with developers for the city center project and with a couple of prospective buyers for the city’s south fire station. He also will meet with an individual who has expressed interest in the north fire station. The stations will be replaced by a new fire station located next to the Wilder city building. Construction on the new building began this fall.

RELATED: Around the County: Wilder to Break Ground on New Fire Station

As a requirement of the recent Land Water Conservation Fund Grant, the city is required to do an environmental assessment. The $250,000 grant is for the Fredericks Landing Amphitheater, a focal point for the city center project. The environmental assessment is available on the city’s website.

Interested and affected public have the opportunity to review the assessment and provide written comments during a 30-day public comment period. A link to information on providing comments is also on the city website. The public comment period will be open through March 23.

Access the public notice for the environmental assessment and the Environmental Assessment for the Land Water Conservation Fund Grant itself on the city website (see red banners at top).

RELATED: Wilder Celebrates Grant, Development Plans Continue as Work Begins

Vance also announced that Wilder Planning and Zoning has approved the development plan for a new Fairfield Inn and Suites with a few conditions. The project is scheduled to begin in late summer or early fall. The hotel will be built next to the Holiday Inn at 8 Hampton Lane and will feature 94 rooms and four stories.

Later in March, SD1 and AECOM, a firm specializing in watershed studies, will hold a meeting for all stakeholders to discuss water problems on Three Mile Road. Vance will attend along with representatives from Highland Heights, Northern Kentucky University, Fort Thomas, the Kentucky Highway Department and others upstream. "Hopefully, we’ll end up with a study and some recommendations on what to do to solve the water problem," Vance said.

Other city business

City council also passed an amendment to the Wilder Municipal Code eliminating the minimum fee on the Gross Receipts tax and keeping the $50 Occupational License fee regulations and taxes on those engaged in franchises, trades, occupations, professions and other businesses in the city.

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