Tower plans gain allies

York County offers support for sites in Pennsylvania

Emergency radio gap

April 27, 2001|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

The Carroll commissioners are optimistic about plans to build a tower in or near Lineboro that would eliminate a gap in emergency communications.

The commissioners were told yesterday that York County officials are supportive of Carroll's plans to build a tower with the aid of Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Services Systems, which has studied at least six sites in Carroll and southern Pennsylvania.

Three sites, two in Pennsylvania and one in Maryland, are under consideration, county officials said. County and emergency officials are scheduled to meet with MIEMSS to select a site Monday.

"York County is real receptive to us," said Leon Fleming, liaison between Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Association and the county. "They want to help us move ahead and will do anything they can to help us get the Lineboro tower."

The county has budgeted $750,000 for a tower.

Pennsylvania officials have opposed the project, fearing it would interfere with its statewide emergency communications system. However, York County officials have promised to try to block opposition.

"This is really good news for a change," said Commissioner Donald I. Dell.

As they wait for a tower to be built, York officials have agreed to let Carroll County put two transmitters on Pigeon Hill, northwest of Hanover, to help Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department operate in Pennsylvania, where emergency radio signals don't always reach.

Since the county's 800 megahertz emergency communications system went into effect four years ago, the Lineboro Fire Department has had difficulty communicating with units in low-lying areas. An additional tower is needed to provide coverage in those "dead" spots, and allow firefighters and rescue workers to communicate as far north as York, Pa., where some victims requiring hospital care are taken.

A large portion of Lineboro's emergency calls are from southern Pennsylvania, Fleming said.

In other business, Dell and Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier approved plans to send out a request for proposals to hire a consultant for a tri-county bid for state certification as a Civil War Heritage Area.

The consultant would write a management report for Carroll, Frederick and Washington counties' joint effort to promote Civil War sites, including the Union Mills homestead in Carroll and three battlefields - Antietam in Washington County, and South Mountain and Monocacy in Frederick County.

The document would define the area where Civil War sites are to be promoted, a step required for state certification. Certification would allow area businesses to apply for state grants to expand operations, but would not encroach on private property rights.

Also yesterday, Dell and Frazier gave Sheriff Kenneth L. Tregoning permission to move forward with plans to transport detainees for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.

The county will be paid up to $25.12 an hour to transport the detainees, and also will receive reimbursement for mileage.

The commissioners also voted to exercise the county's option to purchase an easement on 32.575 acres at 2827 Ridge Road. The owners, M. Howard and Olivia H. Devilbiss, agreed to sell the easement to protect the land from development through the state Rural Legacy program.

Rural Legacy, the state's newest preservation program, provides money to buy farms and other rural areas to protect them from development.

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