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Chickasaw communication project in limbo, awaiting answers

New Hampton, Iowa – The Chickasaw Radio Communications project has stalled and according to Supervisor Chairmen Jacob Hackman, it’s time for the project to move forward.


The Board of Supervisors heard a project update Monday morning from EMA director Jeff Bernatz.

He says they’re stuck until they hear back from Dairyland Power, which is part of MiEnergy Cooperative,  for a shared use of a telecommunications tower.


The tower is located in the northern part of Chickasaw County.  Adding towers and upgrading the telecommunications infrastructure will allow for reliable coverage where there isn’t much now for the county’s emergency management services.

Hackman says progress needs to be made.


Another option to build a tower, but it costs roughly $400,000, where a public hearing would need to be set or opt into the state’s radio program called ISICS.

No action was taken.


Kellan Heavican

News & Sports Director

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