Present Brian Duffin, Dave Hagemann, Lloyd Klahn, Andrew Blomstrom, Sharon Christianson and Denise Arnold, Clerk. Absent: Darryl Weber.
29 Guests present including Greg Shue of Alliant Energy and Sarah Justus of American Transmission Company
In the absence of Chairperson Darryl Weber, Dave Hagemann called the Plan Commission Meeting to order at 6:35 P.M. A motion was made by Lloyd Klahn and seconded by Sharon Christianson to approve the minutes from the September 27, 2005 Plan Commission Meeting. Motion Carried.
Greg Shue from Alliant Energy reported on the progress thus far regarding the Sun Valley Substation location. Mr. Shue had reviewed the planned growth of the Town and Village of Oregon and explained the purpose of the projected locations due to the growing need. Information was shared regarding the need for potential willing landowners. Sarah Justus from American Transmission Company (ATC) presented the transmission line locations. The poles would be 75 to 80 feet high. Ms. Justus talked about the importance of the residents attending the three scheduled open houses discussing the substation and the location. Questions from the residents were received. A resident questioned the possibility of stray voltage. Greg Shue assured that Alliant and ATC would work with the dairy farmers involved. Ms. Justus suggested that residents take the time to educate themselves at the ATC web site available at www.atcllc.com. On the web site are examples of what the power lines would look like. There will be approximately 8 miles of 138 kilovolt transmission lines connecting three new substations between Fitchburg, Montrose and the Town of Oregon. The current maps provided by Alliant/ATC show five different potential locations for the proposed Sun Valley Substation. Three locations are off of Fish Hatchery near the Lincoln Road intersection and two locations are off of CTH CC. Greg Shue requested that the plan commission make a recommendation as to the location of the final two proposed routes in the near future. With a show of hands Dave Hagemann asked the residents for their preference. The residents voiced that more information to make a sound educated decision is needed. Acting chairperson Dave Hagemann suggested that the residents attend the open house for further information.
John Beasley approached the Plan Commission regarding the Andrew and Evelyn Haas property. Beasley inquired as to the number of land splits available. A density study has been requested by the Beasley’s and members of their LLC. The buyers would like to minimize the disruption of the agricultural ground and retain some land for them while creating three land splits used for residential dwellings in addition to the original farm identified as lot 1. The Plan Commission was concerned with the lengthy driveway on one of the lots located in the far southwest corner and the need for a number of bump outs for emergency vehicles. The preliminary plan has the driveways following the current farm field access laneways. The density study is necessary and the petitioners will need to contact Dane County.