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Balloon test rescheduled for emergency communications tower

November 12, 2009

Washington County officials have canceled a balloon test scheduled for Friday in the southern part of the county to show residents the proposed site for a 190-foot emergency communications tower.

Washington County Public Works Director Joe Kroboth said Thursday the test was canceled because the forecast calls for wind and rain, which could have distorted the position of the balloons. He said the test has been rescheduled for Nov. 20 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A balloon attached to a crane will be raised to show residents the position of the preferred site off Brown Avenue near U.S. 340 in the Sandy Hook area, according to a county document.

Kroboth said two other balloons will be raised about 400 feet to the east and west of the preferred site to show alternate locations.

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The proposed tower is one of several the county wants to build as part of a communications network for police, fire and rescue agencies.

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