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May 14, 2014

Transmission line project moves forward

Attendees of open house express opposition, support

Area landowners expressed opposition and support at an open house in Logansport Tuesday regarding preliminary route options through the area for a project to construct new electric lines from Greentown to Reynolds.

The project is a joint effort between the Northern Indiana Public Service Co. and Pioneer Transmission — a joint venture of Duke Energy and American Electric Power. Titled the Greentown-Reynolds project, it will ultimately connect Duke Energy’s Greentown substation east of Kokomo to NIPSCO’s substation in Reynolds.

Maps of potential routes include more than 100 options through Cass, Carroll, Howard and Miami counties. These maps can be viewed at greentownreynolds.com/maps.html.

Landowners and other interested parties attended open houses in Kokomo Monday and Logansport Tuesday, where they perused various stations on different topics, viewed maps and asked representatives questions. Members of the project team are using the open houses to continue to acquire knowledge on the area to use when determining a final route.

More than 120 people had attended about one hour into the open house in Logansport Tuesday, said Nick Meyer, director of external communications for NIPSCO Communications & Public Affairs, adding that about 300 attended Monday’s open house in Kokomo.

One of the proposed routes goes through property owned by Joel and Lawana Brown in Miami County east of Galveston. Lawana Brown said the importance she has placed on her opposition to this route option has led to sleepless nights and plans to attend today’s open house in Delphi despite it being her and her husband’s 20th wedding anniversary.

Their home has been in the family for more than 70 years, Lawana Brown said, adding that her husband currently runs his business, Freeman Concrete Inc., out of it. His business relies on televised weather reports made possible only by the satellite on their property, a tool she said they have no alternative for in the area and the transmission for which she fears would be negatively impacted by the proposed transmission towers and lines.

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