Cape Girardeau County Receives Funding to Relocate Communications Tower

Cape Girardeau County will receive a new emergency communications tower soon and it will be installed on top of the Jackson water tower behind Mondi on the northern side of town. The entire project will cost $73,042 and the Delta Regional Authority will provide the necessary funding. The Department of Natural Resources funding for the project was announced back on September 17, 2020. Over the past two years Cape Girardeau County has wanted a new emergency communications tower ever since the current one was viewed as inadequate following an inspection, officials say. Advice was sought from members of the Federal Communications Commission, and the new location on top of water tower was commended by representative with the Federal Coordinating Commission. The tower is used primarily by employees of rural fire protection districts, to be able to get the page out and keep the districts in communication with each other while they are on fire calls. Now that funding has been acquired county officials now have to send out requests proposals before they make a decision on a bidder. The Delta Regional Authority’s investment that is worth $671,389 into four important projects will make economic success stronger in the state by improving vital infrastructure and produce opportunities  to foster workforce development, officials say.

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