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Hunter may get new emergency communications tower

Mar 19, 2016 12:03 am
Jim Planck in The Daily Mail reports that Hunter may get improved 911 service if a tower replacement on Hunter Mountain is approved. The new first responder communications tower would be placed slightly up the mountain from the current tower, to increase the line-of-sight signal reception and strength. “We have received a grant through the state homeland security for two different towers in the county, but this is the first one that we are going to undertake,” Greene County Administrator Shaun Groden said at the meeting. “The whole purpose of it is to improve the capacity of the 911 communications and dispatch system that we have.” “Eventually we will build what we call the system’s ‘backbone,’ [made up] of other towers that will be constructed throughout the county so that first responders have better communication capacity — which we seriously need because of the topography of this county,” he said. The current tower was built as a windmill in the 1960s to pump water up the hill, Delaware Engineering Project Manager Marybeth Bianconi explained at the Hunter town meeting. Groden said the total plan includes, “maybe 12 or 15 towers, eventually, throughout the county.” Read the full story in The Daily Mail.
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