Power line hearing
held here Wednesday By David Lias Circuit Court Judge Steven Jensen will issue a ruling in the near future after hearing hours of testimony Wednesday concerning a proposed power line. Vermillion city leaders want to link the community to a new power source â�?�? the electricity generated at the Spirit Mound substation north of town. To do that, the city proposed this spring to construct its own looped 115 kilovolt (kV) power line from the Spirit Mound station south to Vermillion, with lines leading back north from the city limits to the Spirit Mound power source. For that to occur, however, the city needed permission from the Clay County Commission to place power poles for the new transmission lines along the right of way of several county roads.�? �? After hearing from both city officials and people who live in the vicinity of where the proposed line would be located, commissioners decided in April to deny the cityâ�?�?s request. The city was represented by City Attorney James McCulloch at the hearing. Stateâ�?�?s Attorney Teddi Gertsma represented the county commission. Both McCulloch and Gertsma called and cross-examined several witnesses. Read complete coverage in next weekâ�?�?s edition of the Plain Talk.