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Published on June 21, 2024
Kannapolis Secures $963K Federal Grant for New Public Safety Communications Tower to Boost Emergency ResponseSource: Google Street View

In a significant push to enhance public safety, the City of Kannapolis has been awarded nearly a million dollars in federal funds for a new communications tower aimed at improving emergency response in northwest Cabarrus County. The tower, which comes with a price tag of $963,000, is set to be financed by the FY24 appropriations legislation passed by Congress and given the green light by President Joe Biden this spring.

According to a statement obtained by the City of Kannapolis, the new infrastructure is a response to the current communication woes plaguing the area's first responders. In this remote region, police and firefighters often find themselves in radio silence with 911 operators during emergencies. Congresswoman Alma Adams, Ph.D. (NC-12) spearheaded the initiative, ensuring the tower's funding through her submission to the House Appropriations Committee.

"No one who calls for help should have to fear that their cries will go unheard. This community project funding grant of $963,000, supporting a new Public Safety Tower in Kannapolis, will mean safer roads, parks, and homes across Cabarrus County. It is my honor to represent the people of Cabarrus County and bring their most remote areas in range of emergency communications," said Representative Adams, recognizing the critical need for reliable communication channels in underserved areas.

Appreciation for the project and its expected outcomes has been voiced by local officials. Darrell Hinnant, Mayor of Kannapolis, acknowledged Adams' role in pushing the project forward, "We are thankful for Congresswoman Adams’ support of this project. Communication between our police officers and firefighters and, the surrounding public safety departments in both Cabarrus and Rowan Counties is critical to the health and safety of our residents. Securing funding for this tower is very important to our City and we appreciate Congresswoman Adams understanding and supporting our request," relayed a statement by Mayor Hinnant.

The total estimate for the communication tower's completion is $2.1 million. The city plans to foot the remaining bill in the FY 24-25 proposed budget. The construction is anticipated to commence later this year, situated strategically on NC 3 near Odell School Road to maximize its reach and effectiveness in improving public safety communication.