Delaware County Looking into Constructing Tower at New Jail Site

Delaware County is looking into the possibility of putting up a radio tower at the site of the new county jail and Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff John LeClere and Terry Harris with RC Systems approached the County Board of Supervisors earlier this week, suggesting that upgrades could be made to the county’s radio system during the move to the new facility – upgrades that would simplify the radio system and make it more reliable.

Their main concern with the current radio system is connectivity. A tower at the site of the new jail/Sheriff’s Office on the west end of Manchester could serve as the new head-end with the current head-end at the Delaware County Courthouse becoming a spur.

Sheriff LeClere says any costs for constructing a new radio tower would be a separate project with no connection to the jail project – any costs would be paid for outside of the bond approved for the jail project earlier this year.

The issue with building a new tower is that the new jail site is within one mile of the Manchester Airport. FAA approval would be needed to construct the tower, which would need to be at least 160-feet tall to have a clear shot to the main radio tower in Delaware.

Harris says the current tower at the County Courthouse needs some attention as well.

The Board of Supervisors will discuss the request.