New Castle News

May 16, 2013

Supervisors undecided on radio tower

Debbie Wachter
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — The Neshannock Township fire department is waiting for the supervisors to decide whether it will get a new radio tower.

Chairman Ralph Sheen said at Tuesday’s supervisors meeting he had gone to look at the tower on the Clen-Moore station after being told it is in disrepair.

He said the tower’s only problem is rust, and he feels it just could be repainted. Sheen said he had secured a quote for the painting work at $1,000 for materials and labor.

Sheen said he was to have met with one of the fire department members to look at the tower, but the firefighter did not make it to the meeting so he went himself.

Another department member, David Congini, went to the supervisors meeting to explain the need for a new tower.

The existing tower has been in operation for about 30 years, Congini noted. The department researched the possibility of painting the tower, he said, but it would cost $5,000. The job would require a special type of paint that would not allow ice to build up and pull down the tower, Congini explained.

He said the cost of a new tower would be about $4,700.

“By replacing it you could get another 30 years out of it,” Congini said. That quote was provided by Tri-County Tower Services of North Jackson, Ohio.

The supervisors had tabled the fire department’s request at a previous meeting. They took no vote Tuesday.

“I’m not ready to act on it,” Sheen said.