Paddock Lake passes resolution opposing ATC route

The Paddock Lake Village Board has passed a resolution asking the Public Service Commission to alter the proposed route of an American Transmission Company high voltage transmission line.

The line, called the Spring Valley-North Lake Geneva Transmission Line Project, seeks to build a line to connect a substation in Salem with a substation in the Lake Geneva area. ATC officials say the line is needed to increase capacity and reliability of the local power grid.

ATC submitted a plan for the project to the Public Service Commission for approval in April.

Paddock Lake objects to a portion of ATC’s preferred route that calls for the 138,000-volt transmission line to run through a portion of undeveloped property that is in the village’s tax increment financing district approximately along Highway F south of Highway 50.

The resolution is the latest manifestation of the village’s objection to the ATC route. If the route is allowed as is, village officials contend it will weaken the village’s ability to attract developers to the tax increment financing district, causing  “a loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars of tax revenue to Village,” the resolution said.

In previous communications with the Public Service Commission, village representatives have said they would go as far as to consider helping pay for some of the route changes that Paddock Lake is seeking, rather than face much larger tax revenue loss.

The resolution will be shared with the Public Service Commission and the village’s state and federal elected officials.

The resolution was approved by the board in a unanimous vote, said village Clerk Emily Uhlenhake

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