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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 • Posted July 21, 2010

From:

Don Rutz [mailto:donr@mmgchicago.com]

Sent: Friday, July 16, 2010 1:25 PM

To:

barry.smitherman@puc.state.tx.us

Cc: Sara Morgenroth; troy.fraser@senate.state.tx.us; harvey.hilderbran@house.state.tx.us

Subject: PUC Docket Number 37049, Menard-Mason-Gillespie Route

Mr. Barry T. Smitherman, Chairman

Texas Public Utilities Commission

Chairman Smitherman;

Six years ago we bought property 8 miles west of Mason Texas, in the beautiful countryside around the Double Knobs hills. We built a home, improved the land, and planned to permanently locate there from Chicago in the future. This, after years of thoroughly investigating dozens of cities/towns throughout the length and breadth of the hill country, while doing business with the Continental Oil Company.

Mason County represented a perfect blend of Texas heritage – unspoiled scenic environmental charm and a local population that embraced preservation of the distinct quality of life for which this section of the hill country has become famous. This "brand image/reputation" has become an invaluable asset to the state, as increasing tourism and retirement relocations grow.

Now, we are faced with a power line routing decision that could deface the unspoiled topography of Mason County and destroy the recreational, tourism, wildlife habitats, and even the historical Old Texas Heritage assets that are valued around the country.

Therefore, the question must be asked – why destroy this "virgin" hill country territory when there already exists a shorter, less expensive and "shovel ready" routing – the interstate 10 corridor, that contains plenty of industrial and commercial infrastructures?

In our opinion, history will record that no amount of lobbying by Kimble and Kerr Counties will ever justify a PUC decision to irrevocably scar Mason County with the subject power line routing.

Sincerely,

Donald E. Rutz

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