FAA ruling could halt water tower plans in Le Mars

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) — Officials in Le Mars are scrambling to change plans for a planned 140-foot-tall water tower after the Federal Aviation Administration ruled the structure would obstruct flights to the city’s airport.

The Le Mars Daily Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/16hKsa7 ) the city must redesign its plans for a 1 million gallon water tower after the FAA’s ruling that any tower higher than 86 feed would be a hazard.

The city has bought 2.34 acre of land for the tower and booster station in southwest Le Mars.

City Administrator Scott Langel says officials believe that’s the best spot for a tower, but something will need to change if the FAA sticks by its decision.

Langel says McClure Engineering, of Fort Dodge, already is reviewing the location and design of the tower.


Information from: Daily Sentinel, http://www.lemarssentinel.com

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