Franklin County Highway Department workers should be able to communicate over radio networks more effectively thanks to a new antenna location.

The county commission last Tuesday amended its contract with Radio Comm Co. to cover the $240 per month cost of the monthly lease agreement.

The current antenna tower is in the Union city limits, and it is not high enough to reach the needed areas, Franklin County Highway Administrator Eva Gadcke said.

Therefore, the county is relocating the antenna to a tower owned by Radio Comm. The new tower is on Borgmann Road, which is in the middle of the county, Gadcke said.

A new tower location was needed because highway department workers had trouble communicating through the radio system, she added.

“We can’t hear each other,” Gadcke said.

This is very dangerous when crews are out plowing snow, she added. There are areas of the county without cellphone service, she said.

“So it’s really important that they be able to talk to each other,” Gadcke said.

First District County Commissioner Tim Brinker agreed the new tower will be helpful.

“It’s a good step in the right direction, and it will help all of Franklin County be more efficient with our highway services,” Brinker said.