ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - The Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle Emergency Communications Center (ECC) is preparing to upgrade its radio network with a new tower to ensure the community is stays in connection with 911.

The Albemarle County Architectural Review Board (ARB) passed a motion Tuesday, September, that advances a recommendation for a 123-foot monopole tower site at the Albemarle County Office Building on 5th Street.

The ARB approved that the tower plans fit the county's standards for an entrance corridor.

The monopole will provide connectivity in and around all of the radio sites between the two primary and backup dispatch center.

ECC Systems Manager Gabe Elias says it is critical for the tower to be built at this location.

"You have what we call mission-critical connectivity: resilient, reliable, and robust connectivity of your systems so that your dispatchers - your public safety telecommunicators - don't lose connectivity with those police fire fighter or EMS units on the street," Elias said.

The ECC radio tower upgrade is necessary to help keep the community safe in times of emergencies.

The next step is for the ECC to go before the Albemarle County Planning Commission for the project approval.