GERING, Neb. - (KNEP) - A new emergency communications tower will be installed this year in Scotts Bluff County.
911 Communications Director Ray Richards said the current one, located on top of the Scotts Bluff County Courthouse, served its purpose. The nearly 40 year old tower is at maximum load and has been hit by lightning, rain, snow in its history and is no longer safe.
The new 150 foot tower will go up in the grass on 11th street behind the courthouse. The group was waiting on final approval of bids and will begin working on the layout. The project will include new antennas, cables, and connectors. It will be strong and safe while meeting the newest standards as well.
Richards adds the community for the most part won’t notice the difference but the one who will include the first responders. The tower will provide a more robust, clear and stronger signal with less static.
He hopes to have the new tower up and running before Halloween. Once the new one is up, they will begin taking down the old one from the Courthouse roof. A fence will be added on the border to ensure everyone is safe as well.
The tower will also remain in line with the South Mitchell Tower to help the Sheriff and fire crews.