Cap X 2020 high powered voltage line publicly discussed in Alma

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

Alma (WEAU) - People in Alma got a chance to discuss a proposed high power voltage line known as Cap X 2020.

The three commissioners that will be deciding the fate of the line were all present for the public hearing to listento the concerns of the people.

Many are worried about the new line popping up in their backyard.

“I wouldn’t want to have it on our farm. I think that’s the bottom line," said Arcadia farm owner Wayne Flury.

"Our property is going to be worth nothing, and nobody’s going to want to buy it," said Buffalo County land owner Rita Bechly.

Commissioners listened and took notes as locals stepped up one by one to tell the board their personal feelings about the line.

“I think all transmission cases are difficult for the commissioners because you are trying to balance a number of interests,” said Chief Legal Council, Cynthia Smith.

There are 8 possible routes for the proposed high power line. Tom Hillstrom, a manager of the Cap X 2020 project says that all of them have their flaws.

“There are natural resource impacts on some routes. One big concern is the number of homes on the routes. Other criteria studied are the impacts on land use, agriculture, and the aesthetics. Aesthetics is a big issue with this project," said Hillstrom.

Project Cap X 2020 would mainly be built along existing power line routes, but to get the higher voltage the towers would be taller.

“This new line would take the voltage up to 345. The current 161 towers are about 100 ft. tall; the new one would be 180 ft tall and may look a little different.”

The commission has until June 4th to make their final decision. They will decide if the power line is needed, and if so which of the 8 routes they should take.

There will be a public hearing in Centerville, WI, March 14, 2012 at 6:00 pm. The meeting will be held in the Centerville Community Center.

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