Barkley Water Board approves KSP antenna on South Road water tower
by Franklin Clark, Reporter --
Jul 11, 2012 | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Kentucky State Police is well on its way to helping fix its radio “dead spot” issue in the southern part of the county – provided it can find the almost $10,000 for magnetic clamps.

The Barkley Lake Water District Board voted to allow the KSP to work with BLWD Manager Terry Goins to work out the details regarding placing an antenna on a 300,000-gallon, 100-foot-tall BLWD water tower on Ky. 139, or South Road, near the Kentucky/Tennessee line, and to move forward with the project.

The KSP has agreed to use magnetic clamps – necessary for the board’s approval – to attach the 12-foot-tall antenna. KSP Communications Director Anthony Whobrey said it would look like cellular antenna but wouldn’t be nearly as large.

“The engineer suggested that we look into a magnetic mount, which is a new technology for us. I have found a company that makes such a mount,” Whobrey said. “It causes no structural compromise of the water tower … it doesn’t hurt the finish, it can be removed at any time if need be … and it will be like it wasn’t there.”

The board wanted magnetic clamps because bolting the antenna to the tower would have compromised the tower’s structural integrity, said Whobrey, who added that they already have the antenna but don’t have the clamps yet.

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