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LCRA Power Line
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 • Posted September 16, 2009

To: Public Utility Commission of Texas

P.O. Box 13326

Austin TX 78711-3326

Re: Docket # 37049

LCRA/CREZ Transmission Line

Commissioners:

This letter is a protest to the actions of the Kimble County Commissioners Court and a landowners group called “Clear View Alliance”, to have the new LCRA/CREZ power transmission lines and support towers routed away from the originally designated Junction area, and instead moved to and through Mason County.

The Kimble County Commissioners Court passed Resolution 09-05 on June 23rd, 2009, proposing a new route for the planned LCRA power line to run through Menard, Mason and Gillespie counties. They are supporting the use of current rights of way for much smaller existing transmission lines, which would require a massive expansion of land corridors and an army of large, multi-armed steel support towers to accommodate the 345 KV lines. A map attached to their resolution – marked “Exhibit A” – shows the line passing through Menard, along the San Saba River, toward Hext, through Double Knobs and Grit, and into the city of Mason.

From Mason, the proposed Kimble Commissioners route parallels Hwy 87, passing near Cherry Springs and through the city limits of Fredericksburg. This power line routing would run the 345 kilovolt line and towers through and over countless homes, farms and ranches, while defacing some of the most beautiful and pristine Hill Country land in and around Mason County. And most egregiously, the Kimble County Commissioners and the Clear View Alliance have made no material effort to inform the citizens of the affected counties of their lobbying activities with the Public Utility Commission.

We respectfully request that the Public Utility Commission of Texas firmly and clearly reject the “Exhibit A” route proposed by the Kimble County Commissioners Court and the Clear View Alliance.

Sincerely,

Donald E. Rutz

2414 Streeter Lane

Mason, Texas 76856

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