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Work on three radio towers may start next month

LOCKPORT – Construction on three of Niagara County’s new emergency radio towers – in Lockport, Newfane and Royalton – may begin next month, County Legislator David E. Godfrey, R-Wilson, said Friday.

Two other new antennas for the system, in North Tonawanda and Lewiston, continue to be delayed as engineers from Motorola Solutions, the contractor on the $10 million project, try to work around belatedly noticed obstacles that would block radio signals.

The blockages will result in taller-than-expected towers and a cost overrun of about $200,000.

Godfrey said he hopes the Legislature will be able to vote to appropriate that money at its Aug. 6 meeting. He said one solution may be to construct a new antenna atop an “elevator hut” on the roof of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. Godfrey said there are questions over whether the hut could support the weight of a radio tower.