WASHINGTON COUNTY -- A new site is being considered for a 190-foot emergency communications tower after public protest caused Washington County officials to back away from an earlier spot.
Both sites are near U.S. 340 in southern Washington County.
Joseph Kroboth III, the county's public works director, said the new spot is off Miller Avenue in the Sandy Hook area.
The earlier site was county-owned land near the intersection of Keep Tryst and Sandy Hook roads.
Kroboth said a "balloon test" -- a simulation of the visual impact -- will be conducted at the new site on Friday.
The county has a verbal agreement to acquire property from the Himes family, Kroboth said.
The National Park Service and citizen groups protested the previous tower site for various reasons, including the tower's potential effect on the view, tourism and property values.