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Stories Added - September 2009
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City approves site for communications towers
Houston County Courier -  September 2009

By Daphne Hereford
Managing Editor

Members of Crockett City Council approved a specific use permit for the installation of a communications tower in the Crockett Industrial Park by ETMC EMS.
Prior to council approval, Mayor Wayne Mask conducted a public hearing on the matter.
ETMC EMS representative Jeff Haislet, director of communications for ETMC EMS said the process of securing a location for the communications tower had been ongoing for several months and was a joint effort between the city and the council of governments.
Haislet said the towers would be constructed in Crockett and Groveton and would serve all emergency services.
The Crockett tower will be constructed in the Crockett Industrial Park on property located just off Industrial Park Boulevard and Hwy. 19 south.
He added that the two towers would cost a total of about $1 million. Following a question from Councilman Nathan Gardner regarding other users of the towers, Haislet said that other users may be allowed on the lower levels if they did not interfere with the emergency services.
Councilman Robert Meadows asked if the tower would improve communications for the Crockett Fire Department and CFD Chief Darrell Deckard responded by saying, “It will greatly improve our communications, especially in the areas outside the city limits.”
Houston County Emergency Management Coordinator David Lamb said the tower would also improve the amateur radio and sheriff’s office communications.
In other business, City Administrator Ron Duncan told council that a Loop 304 Expansion Meeting was held on Wednesday, Sept. 2 that was to include representatives from TxDOT and a few local businesses including Citizens National Bank, Crockett Farm and Fuel and NAPA Auto Parts.
Duncan said that at the last meeting Councilman Ansel Bradshaw and Crockett Economic and Industrial Development Executive Director Tim Culp agreed they would get input from businesses that would be affected by the expansion and bring the data to the next meeting.
Duncan said they provided a letter to TxDOT that outlined alternatives to the project that included the construction of a three-lane highway between US 287 south and Hwy. 7 east.
The median would be replaced with a continuous turning lane.
Duncan said the city suggested that any savings created as a result of the proposed changes to the project be used to extend the work further south along the loop.
Council also approved a resolution amending the 2009 fiscal year budget from slightly under $7.5 million to slightly over $7.6 million.
Duncan said the adjustments covered a number of issues not included in the fiscal year 2008 budget outlining the revenue and expenditure differences in detail.
Council voted to table approval of an ordinance that would adopt a drought contingency plan required by the Texas Water Code and applicable rules of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.



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