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January 23, 2014

New transmission line sparks Howard County questions

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — While it isn't slated to be complete until 2018, a 70-mile transmission line that will run across Howard County drew plenty of attention during its first public unveiling.

Community members got a chance to have some questions answered regarding the estimated $328-million construction project, which will run from Greentown to Reynolds. The 765kV transmission line is expected to modernize and expand the energy delivery system while improving access to regional power supplies.

On Tuesday, several residents from the Greentown area gathered at the Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Events Center hoping to learn more details about the transmission line from project representatives.

John Evenson, who lives north of Greentown, attended the open house hoping to have one major question answered: Where is the line going to run?

"I guess like anybody else, I hope it doesn't run over the top of my house," he told the Kokomo Tribune (http://bit.ly/1g4mURA ). "I don't have any major concerns, I'm just trying to find out where it's planned."

Like Evenson, Greentown resident Stan Middlesworth said his property could be near where the transmission line intersects.

He came to the open house to learn more about where the line might run, but was satisfied with the information he was able to glean from project officials.

"You see a project like this, you don't want it to cross over into your land," Middlesworth said. "You try to see the big picture, though. It's going to have to cross somewhere, and it's for the good of all. You've got a choice, you can go along with it or you can try to work with it."

Many of the residents' more pressing questions will be answered during a second open house in May, where routing options will be showcased. Routes for the line will begin to be finalized sometime in July. Construction could start in early 2016, according to the project's website.

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