By Rhonda Smyth, CV&T News Editor
The new Estill County Emergency Management Communications Tower is going up at the new Emergency Operations Center on Broadway.
Director Fred Rogers said the 260 foot tower should be finished by Friday.
“If they (the workers) don’t get called away for something else or rained out, it should be done by Friday,” he said.
On Tuesday they had about 60 to 80 feet to go.
“The new tower will have 15 different systems for handling 911 and the Emergency Operations Center,” Rogers explained. “The state is also putting equipment on it for the Chemical Stockpile Preparedness Program. It will be a communications link between the Blue Grass Army Depot and each county.”
There have been rumors that AT&T will use the tower for cell phones in the area, but Rogers said he hasn’t talked to anybody from that company.
“There is room for one and maybe two cell phone providers,” he said. “But AT&T hasn’t contacted me.”
The money made from leased space on the tower will be put in a special fund that will only be used for maintenance on the tower.
Rogers also said that as soon as this tower is completed a 300 foot tower will be built on Happy Top.
“The footer is poured and we are ready to start stacking steel. It should be started within the next two or three weeks,” he said.
The Happy Top Tower will also have room for cell phone providers and he has discussed it with one local provider.
“Appalachian Wireless has already told me, if we built a tower there, they will put equipment on it,” he said.