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Kerrville vs. PUC: Power lines drawn in the Hill Country

The City of Kerrville isn't impressed with one of the proposed routes, tying the wind farms of west Texas with San Antonio and beyond. The Lower Colorado River Authority says the late addition came after input from landowners in other parts of the Kerr County, who didn't want the routes disturbing their views either.

The City of Kerrville has been planning for years for development along Interstate-10. Now comes word from the Public Utility Commission to make room for a possible power line, instead.

It could cost the city half a billion dollars in revenue.

Kerrville Mayor David Wampler said, "No one likes to see these lines come across their property, but in particular coming through the middle of a municipality, that's our front porch or our gateway."

The City of Kerrville isn't impressed with one of the proposed routes, tying the wind farms of west Texas with San Antonio and beyond. The Lower Colorado River Authority says the late addition came after input from landowners in other parts of the Kerr County, who didn't want the routes disturbing their views either.

But, Kerrville officials say hold on a minute. They say they have already got plans for development along I-10, and invested money to bring other businesses to that land already.

Wampler said, "The City of Kerrville has spent about $14 million in infrastructure improvements to bring utilities and roads to areas that would be affected by this line."

Now the area's state representative is feeling the heat. District 53... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

The City of Kerrville has been planning for years for development along Interstate-10. Now comes word from the Public Utility Commission to make room for a possible power line, instead.

It could cost the city half a billion dollars in revenue.

Kerrville Mayor David Wampler said, "No one likes to see these lines come across their property, but in particular coming through the middle of a municipality, that's our front porch or our gateway."

The City of Kerrville isn't impressed with one of the proposed routes, tying the wind farms of west Texas with San Antonio and beyond. The Lower Colorado River Authority says the late addition came after input from landowners in other parts of the Kerr County, who didn't want the routes disturbing their views either.

But, Kerrville officials say hold on a minute. They say they have already got plans for development along I-10, and invested money to bring other businesses to that land already.

Wampler said, "The City of Kerrville has spent about $14 million in infrastructure improvements to bring utilities and roads to areas that would be affected by this line."

Now the area's state representative is feeling the heat. District 53 Representative Harvey Hilderbran wrote letters to the LCRA and PUC, urging a change in the routes. He said the one proposed to travel through Kerrville was never his intention.

"We want that line to move away from the Kerrville corridor," said Hilderbran.

The Public Utility Commission says they'll make a decision on a route in January.


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MAY 29 2010
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