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Balloon test canceled due to strong wind

Washington County staff to decide whether to reschedule test

Washington County staff to decide whether to reschedule test

December 11, 2009|By HEATHER KEELS

A balloon test that was scheduled for Friday at a proposed site for an emergency communications tower in South County was canceled due to strong wind, Washington County Director of Public Works Joseph Kroboth said.

County staff are going to discuss next week whether to reschedule the test.

A previous balloon test was held at the same site Nov. 20, with balloons raised at three potential locations for the 190-foot tower, but the county decided to repeat the test after learning that one of the three balloons was about 500 feet from the intended spot.

That spot, which was the one lowest in elevation and closest to Valley Road, was considered the least likely of the three to be desirable, Kroboth said.

"So we may just throw it out completely and just evaluate the two sites," he said.

The balloon test is intended to give the public and other interested parties, such as leaders from nearby national parks, a chance to gauge the visual impact of the tower and provide feedback. The county plans to hold a public meeting where photos from the test will be on display, Kroboth has said.

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If the county decides to hold another balloon test, it will be scheduled for after Jan. 1, Kroboth said.

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