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Morning Sun
  • Tower soars high

  • The City of Pittsburg’s new communications tower at the intersection of First and Locust Streets is close to being complete and online for use.

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  • The City of Pittsburg’s new communications tower at the intersection of First and Locust Streets is close to being complete and online for use.
    Crews from BL Tower Construction in Tulsa, Okla., began installing the 200-foot, approximately 17-ton — 34,708 feet — tower last Thursday, crew leader Bob Johnson said. Once the crews place the new antennas and transfer power and services from the old tower, they will dismantle and remove the outdated tower.
    “That will take longer than it took us to put up the new one,” Johnson said, adding that his crews typically can put up a similar tower in about three days’ time but that they had experienced setbacks such as late-arriving parts.
    To erect the tower, the crew basically stacks premade sections on top of each other using a specialized crane. The city entered an agreement with cell phone service provider Verizon Wireless to construct the approximately $80,000 tower, said Bill Beasley, the city’s director of public works. It will hold communication antennas for city crews as well as law enforcement and other public safety entities. In addition to renting space to Verizon, which is seeking to expand its service, the tower also has additional rental space should another provider wish to enter the Pittsburg market, an addition to the city’s current zoning ordinance.
    “With the advancement in cell phone products and applications, they were looking to expand,” Beasley said. “But the existing tower wouldn’t support any new service. It allows us to minimize the number of towers in Pittsburg.”
    The tower deal has been in the works for about six to eight weeks, Beasley said.
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