OROVILLE — The Butte County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an appropriation of funds Tuesday to complete the communications tower at East Park Avenue in Chico.
Initially holding a total budget of $913,490, the appropriation will add an additional $179,000 to the cost, totaling the project at $1.092 million.
When putting in the new tower, it was discovered that additional grounding was needed to safely utilize the new electrical equipment, said Butte County Program Manager Weedy Hannibal.
“When we got into it, we found out we needed additional grounding, that’s why we requested the appropriation,” Hannibal said. “Any building with a lot of electronics has to be grounded.”
Hannibal said this was done by placing rods in the ground around the tower, keeping the structure safe should there be an electrical strike.
The tower itself is in place, Hannibal said, and the new communication system remains on track to be up and running in the first quarter of 2020.
“There was a lot of prep work that went into it,” Hannibal said. “We’ve been making sure everything is secure.”
Additionally, more agencies have shown interest in utilizing the new system, though deals are still in the early stages.