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Washington Co. buying land for emergency communications tower

August 25, 2010|By HEATHER KEELS

WASHNGTON COUNTY -- The Washington County Commissioners voted Tuesday to proceed with buying the land for a South County emergency communications tower near the base of Maryland Heights.

The county will pay $80,000 for the parcel, which is on Brown Road, in the Sandy Hook area, Washington County Real Property Administrator Joe Kuhna said. Including legal costs for title issues, the cost will be $83,000, he said.

The property was appraised at about $65,000, but $80,000 is the price the private property owner agreed to accept, Kuhna said.

The county is in the process of seeking FCC approval to build a 190-foot emergency communications tower on the site and that approval process cannot proceed until the county owns the land, Washington County Public Works Director Joseph Kroboth III said.

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The tower is needed to improve radio communication coverage for emergency responders at the southern end of the county and to complete the 10-tower system designed to support the county's new radio system, officials have said.

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