Tower power

Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Gene O. Morris/McCook Daily Gazette

These circular concrete bases -- completed last Thursday -- form the foundation for a communication tower which will link McCook with the area, and eventually the entire state of Nebraska. The tower, to be erected at a cost of $340,000 by McCook Public Power, also will be utilized by area law enforcement agencies and the McCook Fire Department. Sheriff Gene Mahon has called a news conference for Wednesday afternoon, at which time the new communications network will be discussed. Using a grant from Homeland Security, the county has purchased and received $150,000 worth of communications equipment. The grant covers the cost of radios for Red Willow County law enforcement agencies, as well as the transmitter to be placed on top of the public power tower. The footings are 5 feet in diameter, 55 feet deep, contain 5,900 pounds of reinforcing bar and about 123,000 pounds of concrete for each of the three legs

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