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FAA Ruling Could Halt Water Tower Plans In Le Mars



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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 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.
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