Salem School pressing for change in ATC transmission line path

The two routes now under consideration by ATC for Spring Valley-North Lake Geneva Electric Reliability Project.

The two routes now under consideration by ATC for Spring Valley-North Lake Geneva Electric Reliability Project.

Salem School officials are continuing to make it known that they object to a proposal for a Salem to Lake Geneva electrical transmission line route that goes along the school property along Highway AH.

The 138-kilowatt line is being proposed by American Transmission Company to connect the Spring Valley Substation in Salem to a substation in Lake Geneva. Last week, ATC hosted an open house in New Munster and another in Lake Geneva to unveil the most recent two route proposals and gather public opinion.

A map of both routes is available here.

District administrator David Milz said he has been taking the opportunity to talk to ATC representatives stressing the district’s objection to the line being near the school.

“We don’t want the power lines near our property and our school,” Milz said at Tuesday’s regular monthly school board meeting.

Board member Kim MacLeod also shared at the meeting some communication from ATC to her that appeared to suggest that the school’s concerns may have been heard. A letter she read from ATC said the proposed route now has been moved farther south from Highway AH so that it is 500 feet from the school and 250 feet from the homes along Highway AH.

Milz said the district will continue to keep up on the issue.

“We are not sitting idle on this,” Milz said.

ATC is in the middle of a multi-year process to get the new line approved. Any route will have to be approved by the Public Service Commission. At best, construction is not expected to begin until 2017.

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