WARREN -- Trumbull County and Clear Channel Communications Inc. are negotiating a deal for a new building to house a transmitter in Brookfield Township.
County commissioners heard a presentation Tuesday from Clear Channel, which owns a transmitting tower at the closed county nursing home site in Brookfield, and which leases a dilapidated transmitter building there from the county.
The transmitter building has trees growing through the roof, cracks in its concrete beams, and power lines entangled in trees that cause many power outages. It has not been well maintained, county officials agreed during their work session Tuesday.
Clear Channel proposes a new, fenced-in manufactured building at the site that the company will install and maintain at its cost.
The company needs commissioners' approval to amend a 20-year land lease, which was signed last year.
The new building would have backup, standby power for use by Brookfield police as needed. The county would retain ownership of the property. The county could then tear down the old building as it prepares to sell off the nursing home land, as proposed by Commissioner Daniel Polivka.
"This is an advantage to the county," Atty. James Misocky, an assistant county prosecutor, told the board.