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Power Lines-in your Front Yard ?
Wednesday, September 9, 2009 • Posted September 9, 2009

The Lower Colorado River Authority has applied to the Public Utilities Commission for permission to build a 345-kilovolt transmission line (18 stories tall, 180 feet wide right of way) from in Schleicher County, through Menard, Sutton, Kimble and Kerr county-a part of the CREZ project.

The citizens of Kimble County understandability would prefer the line go through Mason County. They have formed an organization called the Clear View Alliance and are working very hard to get the PUC to expand the study area — in short to change the route to go through Mason County. One of the CVA suggested routes is an existing transmission line right of way through Menard, Mason and Gillespie Counties. The resolution adopted by Kimble County Commissioners Court and City of Junction proposes the alternate route as the Mason route. That transmission line follows the San Saba River to near Hext, passes through Double Knobs, Grit and into the City of Mason on the west and south side, connects with a sub-station and heads south toward Fredericksburg.

Wake up Mason County, the LCRA archaeological survey crew was working the week of August 24-28th in Mason County. They were mapping possible archaeological sites near the existing transmission line. It appears the study has been expanded.

That line passes through our property east of Hext in Mason County. We are very much opposed to this change of route. We, our parents and our grandparents have had to endure the inconveniences associated with the existing power line for 80 plus years. We feel that agricultural production-wildlife, livestock and farming enterprises will suffer great economic affects, not to mention the decrease in land value and sales. Furthermore the LCRA has considerable time invested in their original proposed Kimble County routes.

The Mason County Commissioners Court and the City of Mason Commissioners will consider resolutions on this issue at upcoming meetings on Monday September 14.

LCRA’s recommendation regarding their preferred route will be made public in the October 28 submission to the PCU. We know politics, lawyers, lobbyist and money have ways of changing ideas. Let’s take action and be safe not sorry!

We would encourage landowners and citizens to visit the Clear View Alliance web site: clearviewalliance.org to learn more, and see how hard Kimble County is fighting and what they are doing to change the route to run through Mason County. Furthermore express your concerns to LCRA, PUC and your legislators to please use the LCRA’s proposed route through Kimble County, as they have a tremendous amount of time and money already invested in the plan. All communications to PUC should mention the docket number 37049.

One note, this is not a private power line paying large sums of money for right of ways. The power of eminent domain could be used to acquire your land for this power line. The current right of way will be much too small to accommodate the massive new line.

Dale C. Brandenberger

Barbara B. Garner

Carl Max Brandenberger

Billy Brandenberger

16625 W Hwy 29

Mason TX 76856

Sara Morgenroth

LCRA, Senior Regulatory Case Manager

P.O. Box 220-BTC 151

Austin, Tx 78767-220

sara.morgenroth@lcra.org

http://www.lcra.org/energy/trans/crez/twinbuttes.html

Barry T. Smitherman

Public Utilities Commission

Filing Clerk,Central Records

1701 N. Congress Ave.

P.O. Box 13326

Austin Tx 78711-3326

www.puc.state.tx.us

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