New radio tower goes up in Mill Spring

Published 3:09 pm Sunday, November 6, 2011

A section of the new radio tower Polk County just completed in Mill Spring. The new tower is part of an upgrade for the county’s communications system. (photo submitted by Marche Pittman)

Tower part of upgrades for county communications
Polk County recently completed construction of an emergency radio tower  in Mill Spring.
The tower was built behind the new Polk County Department of Social Services building off Wolverine Trail in Mill Spring. It is part of a communications upgrade agreed upon in 2008 for fire, rescue and law enforcement departments.
The Mill Spring tower is 100 feet high and was built in five 20-foot sections.

The new radio tower in Mill Spring will help emergency personnel communicate more reliably. (photo submitted by Marche Pittman)

Another tower will be constructed at the Green Creek Fire Department in the next few weeks. The final tower will be built across from the Sunny View Fire Department sometime next year.
The county is expected to spend less than $200,000 on the communications upgrade, which was necessary because of the  many dead zones in the area.
In 2008, local emergency officials asked county commissioners to improve communications, saying there are several areas of the county where neither radio or cell phones work.
“This tower system will help ensure that all of our emergency responders will have the ability to communicate with our 911 communications center and each other while keeping us safe,” said Polk County Systems Coordinator Marche Pittman.

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