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Water and Light to host open house on power line routes

The high-voltage lines are intended to address increasing electricity demand
Monday, September 26, 2011 | 2:24 p.m. CDT; updated 5:21 p.m. CDT, Monday, September 26, 2011

COLUMBIA — People interested in two proposed power line routes in south Columbia can come to an open house Wednesday evening at Gentry Middle School.

The new power lines will add connections between different substations, including the proposed Mill Creek substation near Providence Road and Nifong Boulevard.

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The city will choose one of the two plans to deal with increasing electricity demand in south Columbia. After the Columbia Water and Light Department released its first plan for the new power lines, the City Council requested an alternative plan that used more existing power line pathways.

More than 1,000 residents live within 150 feet of the second plan, known as Option B, compared to 3,200 residents who would be affected by Option A.

Last October, hundreds of residents came to the open house to discuss Option A.

Wednesday's meeting will be from 6 to 9 p.m., with a presentation at 7 p.m. Columbia Water and Light will collect written feedback from residents and use it to assist in making a decision.

More information on the proposed routes can be found on the city's website.


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