Tower acquired for new Alcorn jail complex

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – A communications tower for the new regional jail complex has been acquired after extensive negotiations.
The equipment is being obtained from ATamp&T and Crown Castle, a cellular and mobile telephone service, and the companies have agreed to move the tower from its current location and reinstall it at the new justice center at a cost of $2,000, said Alcorn County Emergency Management Director Ricky Gibens.
“That’s a pretty good deal to get a $60,000 piece of equipment for only $2,000,” Gibens said.
Information about the tower – its height, GPS coordinates and other details – have been submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration to be sure it meets their specifications, said county engineer Ricky Newcomb.
“We’ve put in a power foundation where it will be installed, but we’re still waiting for FAA written clearance,” Newcomb said.
The tower will serve the county’s E-911 office, sheriff’s office and police department for their communications needs.
Gibens also reported that the county will be fully reimbursed for E-911 and emergency management radio expenditures totaling almost $200,000 from a Public Safety Interoperable Communications grant program award.
Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.