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Afton 'stealth tower' construction set to begin

The Washington County Board of Commissioners voted 4-0 Oct. 28 to approve a contracting bid for the construction of the last of 14 radio towers in Washington County that will allow the county to get its 800-megahertz radio system online by early next year.

The county voted to approve a contract bid with Omni Contracting Inc. of St. Louis Park to perform construction services of the 88-foot "stealth tower" that is designed to resemble a pine tree.

Earlier this month, the county board voted to approve a contract with Sabre Towers and Poles Inc. of Sioux City, Iowa, to construct the monopole that city of Afton officials said they would prefer because the tower would blend in with the rural scenery.

Some Afton residents have continued to voice their displeasure with the county and city-approved design.

The tower is expected to be constructed by early November and completed in time for it to be up and running by February 2009.