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Borough of Chambersburg to buy radio tower

December 28, 2004|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg Borough Council Monday night adopted an ordinance to purchase the site of a radio tower, which will allow completion of the construction of a 2-million-gallon water tower that has been stalled for more than two years.

The borough will pay $590,000, with $180,000 in financial assistance from its engineering firm and tower contractor, for 7.2 acres of the transmission site of the WCBG-AM radio station owned by M. Bellmont VerStandig Inc. of Maryland. Borough attorney Thomas Finucane said the real estate deal will be closed in early January.

Construction of the 150-foot water tower to serve the southern end of the borough was halted in October 2002 after workers began receiving shocks and burns. The problem was determined to be re-radiation of the radio signal energy that was being absorbed by the steel structure.

The water tower is in the Chambers-5 Business Park, less than 200 feet from the closest of the four radio towers on the land being purchased. As part of the agreement, WCBG ceased broadcasting on Dec. 5.

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Oyer said Monday the contractor for the water tower, CB&I Constructors Inc., will resume construction this winter. The work must be completed by December 2005, he said.

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