Van Buren County Sheriff's Office gets land donated for a new and improved Radio Tower
From the desk of Sheriff Scott Bradley:
On April 10th, Van Buren County was hit by a EF-2 tornado. A total of 70+ residences were affected.
The 40+ year old radio tower was destroyed at this time.
The Sheriff’s Department radio equipment and antenna was moved to the location of the Fire Department and County Road tower as a temporary measure.
A search began for the best location for the new radio tower, equipment and antenna. Several locations were explored.
According to the Radio Equipment Company, the best location was the property owned by Mr. & Mrs. Jimmy McEntire, located on top of a hill approximately five (5) miles north of Clinton on Highway 65. Across from the roadside park were a water tower is located.
After speaking with Mr. McEntire, he decided to donate 3.99 acres to Van Buren County for the tower.
This antenna will be 200 feet high and with state-of-the-art technology. It will withstand a direct hit of up to an EF-4 tornado.
Funding for this tower will come from Insurance monies, GIF Funds and Grants. Approximately 50% of the monies have been raised at this time. Our goal is to have all of the funds and construction completed in mid 2014.
Once installed, this will improve communication for the safety and security to all Van Buren County citizens and our law enforcement officers.
Sheriff Scott Bradley and County Judge Roger Hooper would like to publically thank Mr. Jimmy and Nellie McEntire for the donation of the property for the Radio Tower and say how grateful we are.