Tower needed for communications
To the editor:
The Region-II Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council recently adopted a resolution urging the construction of new communications towers at Lambs Knoll and Hagerstown in Washington County to facilitate local and state emergency communications.
Due to the critical need for this lifesaving communications network, were are writing this letter to request your support.
Approximately four years ago the State of Maryland initiated a statewide project to upgrade its communication system, including EMS, police and many other agencies. Construction has been completed or is nearing completion in all areas of the state except the three westernmost counties of Washington, Allegany and Garrett.
A tie-up in the construction of new facilities on South Mountain at Lamb's Knoll and a tower near Hagerstown, adjacent to the Maryland State Police barracks, has occurred because of a campaign mounted by environmentalists who want to eliminate any new or replacement towers in these locations. In fact, the opponents to the state plan want to eventually remove all towers on that high point near the Appalachian Trail and near to Antietam Battlefield.