LaRue County Judge/Executive Tommy Turner updated Fiscal Court Friday on the progress of a proposed radio tower.
The county has emergency communications equipment on a tower at LaRue County Fairgrounds and one in Buffalo, Turner said. The lease, signed in 2003, is $200 per month per antenna ($800 total). The lease expires next year and the cost is expected to go up.
“We have the potential for this to go up significantly,” Turner said. He anticipates the cost to increase by $500 per antenna – or $2,000 per month.
Turner and LaRue County Emergency Management Director Chris Jackson have been in contact with World Tower, a Mayfield company, for construction of a 240-feet-tall tower with the capacity to go up to 300-feet.
Besides carrying radio signals for fire, police and ambulance services, the space could be leased to cell phone companies for $1,800 to $2,000 per month, Turner said.
The County has filed paperwork with the FFA for the tower – and cell phone companies have already started inquiring about space, Turner said.
Jackson said cell phone companies “like to go up to about 280-feet.”
The tower itself costs between $60,000 and $70,000. The total project will be about $152,000, he added.
World Tower’s bid was about $20,000 cheaper than the nearest competitor.
Funding is being provided through Commercial Mobile Radio Systems or CMRS.
CMRS funds are collected through surcharges on wireless and landline phone plans, Jackson said. They can be used only for 911 communications.
The new tower will be on county property near the LaRue County Maintenance Barn on South Lincoln Boulevard, said Jackson.
In other business:
• The Court discussed the misdirection given on several county roads by global positioning systems.
Some trucks are being routed through Weldon Loop Road from Interstate 65 – and the road is not wide enough to accommodate them. Turner said a large truck got stuck in a residential yard on Wheeler Road, “making a mess” and nearly overturning due to incorrect information given by the GPS.
If the situation continues, the county may install signs similar to the one on Hall-Gaddie that advises truck drivers of the narrow roadway. The number of truckers attempting to drive on Hall-Gaddie has been reduced since the sign was installed.
• Road department supervisor Clyde Veirs reported on progress on George Lee Road. Banks have been cut back, cross tiles replaced and grass sowed. Signs have been replaced on several rural roads.
(Editor’s note: The Fiscal Court meeting was moved from Tuesday, April 10 to Friday morning due to scheduling conflict. Magistrate Ronald Dale Nunn was not present.)