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Construction resumed on the new emergency communications system after workers “de-watered” a radio station tower construction site in Jacksonville, North Carolina. The subcontractor for the project had to remove water where three concrete cylinders sank 80 feet into the saturated soil. The project was put on hold at the beginning of April when portions of an adjacent conservation area were deforested and the hillside swamp was punctured and possibly drained. “It is unclear how much the site’s wetland damage will cost the city, Assistant City Manager Glenn Hargett said. The tower’s footprint is 0.3 acres. About 0.36 of an acre of the pocosin wetland — an indigenous name for a hillside swamp — was damaged,” the Jacksonville Daily News reported. There were many mistakes made that needed to be remedied before the construction could be up and running again. “The subcontractor cleared too much land, Hargett said. And the holes were dug in the wrong place, City Manager Richard Woodruff said during a workshop at Jacksonville City Hall on Tuesday. He said the site as permitted was not wetlands, but that is not where the piers were placed.” City attorney John Carter said the subcontractor did not realize the land was part of a conservation easement “that was entrusted when the last phase of the construction of the site was completed.” (Source: Jacksonville Daily News) Tower construction was said to be delayed about 90 days, and wouldn’t affect the new emergency services radio system. The city’s new radio system is slated to be operable in October, Jacksonville Police Chief Mike Yaniero said during the workshop with Jacksonville City Council this week.

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