Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Crawford County Supervisor meeting features debate about Ridge Road Tower

The Crawford County Supervisors hosted a public discussion of the Ridge Road communications tower that lasted nearly an hour during Tuesday's weekly meeting.

Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand reported in early June that the Ridge Road Tower was owned and operated by the Crawford County Firefighters Association. That put Crawford County and the 911 Service Board out of compliance with Chapter 34A of the Code of Iowa which requires that the tower be operated and managed by the County.

Tuesday's conversation revolved around bringing ownership of the tower into compliance with the code. Representatives from the firefighters association, the 911 Service Board, Emergency Management Services, the Denison Volunteer Fire Department, and the general public spoke during the discourse. The ongoing land mobile radio tower project, potential moneys involved in acquiring and maintaining towers, and some concerns about possible conflicts of interest came up as well. Supervisor Ty Rosburg in particular expressed a strong desire for transparency to the public. Rosburg and fellow supervisor Jean Heiden started private initial negotiations with the firefighter regarding the Ridge Road Tower earlier this month.

The board also unanimously approved the semi-annual report of treasurer Sheri Neddermeyer during Tuesday's meeting after a brief review.

Crawford County Engineer Paul Assman reported that he expects all of the asphalt projects going on this summer to be completed by Labor Day. He also told the board that the grading crew will moved on to L Avenue after finishing their current project on C Avenue.

You can find full supervisor meeting agendas and minutes here.

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