The Howard County Council proposed this week leasing a parcel of county land to any company interested in constructing a large radio tower in the Elkridge area that also could be used by county agencies.
A tower of up to 350 feet would be built near the driving range of the Timbers at Troy Golf Course, now under construction near the Route 100-Interstate 95 interchange.
County officials expect an electronic pager company or -- more likely -- a cellular telephone company to build the tower. The county then would use part of the tower for 911 service, and police and fire department radios.
The land offer is in line with a new county policy to divert tower construction away from residential areas and to bundle many antennas on each tower. The county already has about 30 communications towers and poles, ranging from 30 feet to 500 feet in height, with most in the 100- to 250-foot range.
The county hopes to receive bids from private companies by the end of the month.
Ellicott City: 5500 block of Waterloo Road: Cash and a cash register were stolen from the Woodstock Farm Nursery after someone entered through a rear unlocked door Saturday or Sunday, police said.
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