Since then, crews scrambled up and down the tower installing antennas and lines. They packed up their equipment last week when the fence was secured. Testing those lines is now left up to RACOM, a critical communications company.
"We took that site from a grassy area to a rock compound," Nixa said of the area on Ottumwa Street west of Iowa Highway 149. "It took awhile to get it up, but if they're happy with it once they get the radios hooked up, it's certainly going to be a huge, huge benefit to their communities.
"We do projects all over the country, so it was nice to see one right next door."
Wapello County Emergency Management coordinator Josh Stevens could not be reached as of press time.
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