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3:04 AM Wed, Nov. 21st

PV council discusses hilltop communications tower

PRESCOTT VALLEY - The Police Department is progressing on plans to install a regional communications system atop Glassford Hill, 1,000 feet above the town.

However, Police Chief Jim Maxson could not provide a timeframe, saying installation of the system awaits completion of a study by Black & Veatch Corp., a global engineering, consulting and construction company.

Maxson and Utilities Director Neil Wadsworth gave the Town Council a brief update on the tower during the work/study meeting Thursday evening. Police officials seek to build the tower on an acre of leased state trust land to eliminate "dead" spots in communications from officers on patrol and the dispatch center in downtown Prescott.

Wadsworth circulated photocopies of photos of the future site.

"We will be putting in solar panels, and there will be a backup generator" to provide power to the site when the sun is not shining, Wadsworth said.

He said computers have been on the site since this past July.

The hilltop, which has several radio towers, will not resemble South Mountain in Phoenix, Town Manager Larry Tarkowski said. The tower will be a maximum of 100 feet high, town officials have said.

Tarkowski suggested taking the council on a field trip to the tower site during a work/study meeting in May or June when the schedule is light, and conditions are not wet or windy.