Emergency management director Pat Collins hopes to have all five county radio towers up and running by July.

“That’s our goal right now,” he said.

However, Collins said the project could take longer.

The Riley County Commission discussed the radio towers Thursday and approved using $15,826.04 from the county’s capital improvements fund to pay for the installation of one of the radio towers, which is about a mile north of the Geary County line, near McDowell Creek Road, Collins said.

The towers are also a part of the overall overhaul of the county’s emergency communications system, which also includes new radios.

The system allows emergency officials to communicate with each other.

Four out of the five towers are standing, Collins said. The radio tower that is going near McDowell Creek Road was delivered today, Collins said.

The four other towers are standing in points throughout the county. One is near Deep Creek Road, another is near Riley, one is northwest of Keats and another is west of Randolph.

The total cost for the five radio towers is $5.2 million, Collins said.

“We haven’t spent that yet,” he said.

The project has cost just over $3 million so far, Collins said.

County commissioners hope to visit the towers to see the progress made in March some time.

The commission first approved moving forward with plans for radio towers in 2018.