MALTA: Board hears power line plans

At the Monday, Aug. 20, meeting, members of the Malta Town Board listened to planning items regarding the installation of underground electric transmission lines at the Luther Forest Technology Campus.

The history was that they were going to put high tension wires from the Northway all the way over, said Councilman Cliff Lange. The board originally questioned whether or not the lines could be placed underground, but were told by contractors that the technology was not available.

After several years, however, the board was given the option of putting the wires underground using old technology " a factor that would reduce the cost of mitigation, originally slated at $1.5 million.

The 2.89 miles of transmission lines will require a transition substation to allow for 1.12 miles of the lines to be underground and 1.77 miles to remain above ground.

"We're looking at possibly the costs of living in this area since this project has been approved; how much that should be added on to that," added Lange. "We need to come up with a formula, which I believe they (the Luther Forest Technology Campus Economic Development Corporation) have. By using that formula, they'll come in the next time, and we'll know what those figures are. We're looking out for the interests of the public."

Other questions were answered at the meeting, particularly those that emerged from the town board's July 19 workshop about the transmission lines.

"We expect to keep the ETL (electronic transmission lines) within the 400-foot buffer," said Michael Relyea, executive director of Luther Forest Technology Campus Economic Development Corporation (LFTCEDC) of the residential buffer between Woodfield Estates and the Luther Forest residential community. All roads being constructed within the Luther Forest Technology Campus are also going to be returned to the care of the town.

"At the end of the day, the roads will be turned over to the town of Malta," said Relyea. "The way that the funding comes through, the town of Malta has to own the roads."

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