Subject: Proposed Power Lines
To: "barry smitherman" <email@example.com>
Cc: "sara morgenroth" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, "troy fraser" <email@example.com>, "harvey hilderbran" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 8:00 PM
Barry T. Smitherman, Chairman
Texas Public Utilities Commission
P.O. Box 13326
Austin, Texas 78711-3326
Re:PUC Docket Number 37049, Menard-Mason-Gillespie Route.
I want to voice my strong opposition to the proposed Menard-Mason-Gillespie route for the electrical transmission lines. As a landowner in Mason County, I believe that the proposed route for these electrical transmission lines will have a severely negative impact on property values in Mason County.
My family’s ranch derives part of its income from recreational tourism including hunting. The impact on hunting and other activities such as camping, fishing, bird watching and cabin rentals will be substantial. One of the reasons people come to Mason County, and our family’s ranch in particular, is the unspoiled scenery. These transmission lines will degrade the very beauty that attracts so many people to the area.
Our family has lived in Mason County now for at least six generations. This 4th of July, four of these generations shared the day on our family’s ranch celebrating my father’s 80th birthday. He was born and raised on this land. He has passed on to his children, grandchildren, and now great grandchildren the values of family, of hard work and the love of this land. Despite living hundreds of miles away, regular visits to this land have helped shape my own children’s’ lives. Even as teenagers, they are drawn to this region and its beauty. Bringing their best friends with them, they have been able to share the best of ranch life. They, too, are upset how these transition lines would affect it.
I respectively but strongly request that this route be reconsidered in order to preserve the life and land that generations of my family have come to love.
Robert E. Pluenneke, MD