- Associated Press - Thursday, April 14, 2016

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Downtown boosters and Black Hawk County officials have decided to build a new public-safety radio communications tower on Waterloo City Hall grounds.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (https://bit.ly/1SOhpUv ) reports that the Main Street Waterloo Design Review Council reversed last week’s decision and voted Wednesday to support the replacement radio communications tower. The project is part of an $8.7 million, taxpayer-financed overhaul of the communications system for the county’s fire, police and public safety agencies.

The Design Review Council voted against the project last week. No county officials were present.

The council’s newfound support for the project means that the county won’t have to appeal the project to the Waterloo City Council for approval.

Before the proposal was approved, county officials and the Design Review Council talked about communication problems with the project so far.



Council member David Deeds said the tower request comes after a disagreement with the county regarding a proposed fence to screen a large new generator outside the courthouse. Design Review members didn’t support the type of fence the county suggested, and there hasn’t been one put up.

“We get the importance of the radio system,” Deeds said. “One of the concerns is this comes so soon after the county thumbed their nose at us.”

County Supervisor Frank Magsamen said he didn’t agree with Deeds’ interpretation of the county’s actions.

“We said we would review that in the spring,” Magsamen said. “We delayed a decision until the weather was more conducive, and we got done with our other remodeling projects.”

The proposal for the tower now goes to the Waterloo Board of Adjustment for final approval April 26.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, https://www.wcfcourier.com

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