Kan. county to replace downed radio tower

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GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — Officials in a central Kansas county have approved plans to replace a communications tower that was toppled by a crop spraying rig.

The Great Bend Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1gTVJDS ) the Barton County Commission approved the project Monday at an expected cost of $140,000.

The tower located east of Great Bend was felled on July 24 when a crop spraying rig clipped one of its guy wires. County communications director Doug Hubbard says that some radio traffic was immediately rerouted to other transmitters, but there are still holes in the county’s emergency communications network.

Barton County’s insurance company will pay about $94,000 toward the new tower. Officials say the rest of the cost will be paid from the county’s 911 tax fund.

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Information from: Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, http://www.gbtribune.com

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