Broadcast tower lowered by Monett schools administrative office

Monday, December 30, 2013
Murray Bishoff and Mike Dawson

Once in position, it took less than half an hour to take down the 100-foot broadcast tower next to the Monett School administrative office on Friday. Under the direction of Net Tech, the crew from Ozark Crane Services, of Joplin, sent a climber halfway up the tower to disconnect the bolts. The crane lowered the top half, holding two 500-pound radar dishes, to the ground. The second section was then unbolted from the ground and also laid down horizontally. Superintendent Brad Hanson plans to advertise for the sale of the tower, the broadcast dishes and its wiring in the coming weeks. If there are insufficient bids, the metal, weighing two-and-a-half tons, will be sold for scrap. The tower was erected in the early 1990s as part of a consortium of schools with Missouri Southern State University to make distance learning possible. Lectures were broadcast into the Monett Area Vocational Technical School, using the facility now housing the superintendent's office. The tower was removed to build a storm safe room, funded in part by FEMA, to serve both the middle and intermediate schools.