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Public info meeting on South County communications tower set for May 10

April 23, 2010

Washington County's Division of Public Works will hold a public information meeting on Monday, May 10, to gather citizen comment on a proposed communications tower to be located in the southern area of the county.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Pleasant Valley Elementary School on Md. 67 near Brownsville.

The meeting will provide information about the tower and the site, which is the final location of 10 towers needed for the new interoperable Public Safety Radio Communications Network, Director of Public Works Joe Kroboth said in an e-mailed release.

Members of the public will have the opportunity to speak at the meeting, and may also give written comment on the proposed location at the meeting, or afterwards by e-mail, he said.

Results of a site test using a weather balloon will be presented, and details will be given on the communications system, which is designed to improve public safety radio communications between police, fire and emergency medical services, the release says.

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A site near Sandy Hook was rejected in 2008 following comments from the public, and several alternative sites were proposed. Final balloon tests were conducted this spring at locations off Valley Road.

More information may be obtained by calling the Public Works office at 240-313-2257.

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