By Sandi Latimer
With the approaching dedication of the new Jackson Township Fire Station, township officials are looking for items to place in a time capsule that will be displayed on the site.
The time capsule will be encased in the hollow base that holds the steel I-beam from the World Trade Centers.
This granite base is a cube measuring three feet on each side and holding the commemorative piece of steel. The inside of the base is spacious enough for several PVC pipes to hold small items from today’s lifestyle.
Township Administrator Mike Lilly is inviting the community to donate items before Sept. 4; one week before the dedication of the new station. Items can be dropped off at the township administration building, 3756 Hoover Road, during normal business hours.
Each section of pipe is approximately eight inches in diameter and 20 inches long, and will be capped on each end.
Things Lilly suggested residents might offer for the time capsule are:
•documents, photos, newsletters, newspapers
•USB thumb drives containing data and pictures
•Trinkets, coins, tools, old cell phones, electronics
•Firefighting gear, clothing, patches
•Employee letters, journals, stories, poems
The fire station is being constructed on Buckeye Parkway to serve residents in the fast-growing southeastern part of the township. It is being financed through Federal Emergency Management Agency funds and Tax Increment Financing money.
Ground was broken in January for this facility with hopes of having it completed by Sept. 11, the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America. Township officials thought it would be appropriate to have the dedication on that anniversary. However, weather and construction delays have pushed back a planned opening.
Township officials decided to have a dedication ceremony Sept. 11 even though the building will not be ready for occupancy. They hope to have the fire station ready for use in November.