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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Crawford County Supervisors select tower bid, discuss burn ban

The Crawford County Board of Supervisors selected a contractor for land mobile radio tower construction on Tuesday. 

Chairman Kyle Schultz says Sabre Industries of Sioux City made a bid of around $1.2 million for the project which is slightly less than he expected. 

“All the bids were complete but Sabre had the lowest which it was kind of assumed they would with their close proximity to Crawford County. They probably don’t want anybody else in their backyard I would say so they probably sharpened their pencils a little bit more,” said Schultz. 

Sabre Industries manufactures thousands of telecommunications towers every year and serves every market including public safety, according to their website. The supervisors made their bid selection from a group of five candidates based in Iowa, Wisconsin, South Dakota, and Kentucky. 

The board also discussed a possible October burn ban on Tuesday. Schultz says recent rains helped with the ongoing drought but it’s still extremely dry. 

“As our crops begin to mature and dry out we feel that the potential for fire is going to be quite large this fall. This could give our farmers a chance to get a lot of their crops harvested. If we can get crops harvested the rate of spread would be a lot more manageable instead of dealing with a standing corn or soybean field,” said Schultz. 

Schultz says they are hoping to take a lot of pressure off of emergency management and area fire departments with a burn ban. He says they expect to pick the item back up next week.

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