The Ottumwa Courier

March 28, 2013

Communications tower to get address

Public hearing held for budget amendment on tower’s software

CINDY TOOPES
Courier Staff Writer

OTTUMWA — If you want the power company to provide electrical service to your location, then you have to tell them where you are.

The Wapello County Board of Supervisors are the owners of the E-911 tower and the lot the tower now occupies. During this week’s meeting, board members voted to get an address for the tower so Alliant Energy can find it when service is needed.

The tower for two-way radio communications is on Ottumwa Street and is near the former location of Washington Junior High. Streets in the area include Fourth Street and McLean Street. Ottumwa Fire Department is also in the same area.

Board members also conducted a public hearing for a budget amendment in regards to the tower and completed the process by appropriating the funds.

Supervisor Steve Siegel said the tower needed more software but the fiscal agent fees had already been paid and the board plans to amend that line item in the budget. He noted the board will reimburse the budget with funds from bond money.

Meanwhile, Wapello County Engineer Brian Moore told the board his department needed more funds so the Chillicothe Bridge project can be finished.

“There wasn’t enough money when the supervisors did the original budget,” Moore said. “There are still right-of-way purchases that have to be made.”

Supervisor Greg Kenning said $1,660,020 was the amount the supervisors put into the budget to pay for various projects. About $5.2 million came from an I-JOBS grant and federal stimulus money, and those funds will be used to start road projects.

“The chief one will be the elevation and  paving of Rock Bluff Road,” Kenning said.

The supervisors also want to work on Competine Road, portions of Bluegrass Road  and 87th Street.

“Rock Bluff Road will be the biggest project,” Kenning added.