Radio towers in Cambridge to be removed

Two radio towers in Cambridge will soon be dismantled and removed.

The Isanti County Board approved a bid of $8,800 during its meeting Aug. 15 for Wireless Broadband Services to provide the labor, materials and crane costs to safely remove the towers.

The total cost to remove the courthouse tower located at 509 18th Ave. is $7,250 and the cost to remove the highway department tower located at 232 North Emerson St. is $1,550.

The cement tower base will be left intact at both tower sites, and Wireless Broadband Services will dismantle and haul away both towers.

The bid was approved 4 to 1, with Commissioner Larry Southerland dissenting.

“I have a hard time throwing stuff away,” he said. “It’s a shame to think if a year from now we come back and we need a tower. It’s not hurting anything.”

However, Commissioner Susan Morris said the towers could pose as a safety liability if not removed.

Three bids were received, with the lowest of $8,800 by Wireless Broadband Services.

Isanti County Sheriff Russ Monson said the tower removal will be paid for through the department’s 800 MHz fund.

In other action, the board:

• Accepted the resignation of Assistant County Attorney Melissa Westervelt effective Aug. 24.