The Van Wert County Courthouse

Tuesday, May. 24, 2022

Paulding street closed because of tower

VW independent/submitted information

PAULDING — Paulding County officials are taking safety precautions regarding a recent engineering study on the county-owned communications tower located at the west end of the county fairgrounds parking lot located in Paulding.

Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative, which rents space on the tower, conducted a load study on the tower with hopes to install new equipment. The structural engineering firm that completed the study returned a finding that, under current regulation standard ANSI/TIA-222-G, the tower does not comply due to wind speed and ice build-up.

“After having a meeting with county and village officials, as well as our risk management folks, it was decided to close Fairground Drive and mark out a 400-foot radius with flags around the tower until we can obtain a second opinion,” said Paulding County Sheriff Jason K. Landers. “In this situation, the safety of the public outweighs the inconvenience to the folks that travel in this area.

“No one wants to believe this 400-foot tower is going to fall over, but since officials have been put on notice of the engineer’s findings, we have to take a cautious approach,” the sheriff added. “Phone calls have already been made to get professionals here and provide further advice.”

The tower was built in 2005 using Homeland Security funds. At that time, all specs were in compliance with the rules; however, regulations apparently changed in 2008 when Ohio adopted the current standard set in ANSI/TIA-222-G.

POSTED: 04/29/16 at 8:25 am. FILED UNDER: News