Easy Email to Board Supervisors – Approve April 12 Resolution

The County Board of Supervisors will vote next Tuesday, April 12 in a 2 PM session on a resolution being put forward by Supervisors Lawson and Candland (see below), outlining multiple actions for the Board to take as a Public Witness in the SCC proceedings for the Haymarket transmission line and substation project (now that they have withdrawn as an official Respondent).  These actions will be tangible and meaningful proof,  to us and to the SCC, of our County Board’s commitment to support citizens in our fight against overhead transmission lines.

We’ve made it easy for you to ask the Supervisors approve this resolution – use this email:  April 12 Resolution Citizen email.  All of the Board supervisors need to receive citizen emails before the end of Monday, April 11, asking them to approve this resolution.

Take this easy step now.  Let them know that you want them to approve the actions this resolution directs – It will have a huge impact on the proceedings.

THANK YOU!

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RESOLUTION

MOTION:      LAWSON AND CANDLAND                               April 12, 2016

Regular Meeting

SECOND:                                                                                          Res. No. 16 –

 RE:                 AFFIRM INTENT TO PARTICIPATE AS A PUBLIC WITNESS IN THE HAYMARKET 230 kV POWER LINE AND SUBSTATION PROJECT AND COMMITMENT TO I-66 HYBRID OPTION; DIRECT COUNTY EXECUTIVE TO CONTRACT WITH INDEPENDENT FIRM TO PROVIDE COST ANALYSIS FOR INSTALLATION OF OVERHEAD POWER TRANSMISSION LINES VERSUS UNDERGROUND INSTALLATION; AND TRANSFER FUNDS NOT TO EXCEED $35,000 FROM CONTIGENCY FUNDS FOR THE PAYMENT OF SUCH ANALYSIS.

ACTION:

WHEREAS, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors remains strongly committed to protect the property rights of its citizens who would potentially be negatively impacted by the proposed Haymarket 230 kV Power Line overhead routing plan proposed by Dominion Power that is currently under consideration by the State Corporation Commission; and

WHEREAS, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors formally withdrew its participation as a respondent on the advice of the County Attorney due to some potential legal conflicts arising with the applicant for a data center that will be served by these power lines, but fully intends to actively participate as a Public Witness in this matter; and

WHEREAS, a significant issue that will be considered by the State Corporation Commission on the proposed routing plan is the cost-benefit analysis of the costs for the proposed overhead power line versus the costs of underground power line installation; and

WHEREAS, the preferred underground installation option will substantially mitigate the harmful impacts on; property value, homeowners, and the negative impacts on the rural and residential character of the impacted area covered by the proposed routing plan using the overhead power line model; and

WHEREAS, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors is prepared to provide the State Corporation Commission all relevant data documenting the specific policies adopted in our Comprehensive Plan that demonstrate that no transmission corridor, or high-tech corridor, has been established for the impacted area contained in the proposed routing plan;

 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Prince William Board of County Supervisors does hereby (1) direct the Chairman of the Board to send a letter to the State Corporation Commission affirming the intent of the Board to actively participate as a Public Witness in the Haymarket 230 kV Power Line and Substation Project currently before the Commission and re-affirming the Board’s commitment to the I-66 Hybrid option ; and (2) directs the County Executive to contract with an independent firm to document the true cost analysis comparison of the installation of overhead power transmission lines versus burying those power lines underground, the cost of which shall be funded from the Contingency and not to exceed $35,000 without additional Board approval.

11 Replies to “Easy Email to Board Supervisors – Approve April 12 Resolution”

  1. It was explained to me why you dropped your status as Respondents on this issue. However, I think it is imperative that you show support for the community as it fights to maintain the environment that makes it beautiful, desired, and welcoming. Passing this resolution would go a long way in showing support for your fellow Prince William constituents, as well as your vision for a better future.

  2. Having lived near Haymarket from 2008 to 2015, before moving to Lake Ridge, I know the area well. I have shopped,
    purchased gas, and dined at Haymarket businesses, as well as brought friends/guests there many times in the past to enjoy the ambiance of
    this small town. Twenty-five years ago Disney was defeated in its effort to build a theme park near Haymarket, avoiding an irrevocable
    face-lift of northern Virginia’s coveted, historic landscape. Putting in a highly visible 230 kV power line would not only interfere
    with the view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, it would also indicate a loss in the ongoing battle of community and historic values versus
    the values and business models of large corporations. I would urge the Prince William County Board of Supervisors to carefully examine all
    the facts and the impact of the overhead routing plan proposed by Dominion Resources and pass the above resolution.

  3. Please support this resolution in its entirety. Your support will ensure the property rights and views of PWC citizens and the citizens of VA in general remain paramount in any decisions taken by the SCC.

  4. I fully support, and I urge all members of the BOCS to support, the resolution stated above. The commitment of County monies for an independent comparison cost analysis sends a strong message that the BOCS is serious about ensuring the SCC receives unbiased data on which to base their decision regarding the Haymarket 230 kV Power Line and Substation Project.

  5. I wish for you to support this effort. I believe the voters should have as much say as possible. Your support of this will send that message.
    If needed, 66 hybrid, buried, Amazon Pays.
    Thank you for your support,
    Terry Gonyaw
    Gainesville, VA.

  6. PWC BOCS:

    I urge you to support this resolution in its entirety. Too much is at stake. Disruption of historic areas, devaluation of property values, scenic views of the Blue Ridge mountains, etc. I’m not sure why Amazon did not consider placing the data center at Innovation Park off the Prince William Parkway where the infrastructure is in place already. The hybrid option is the only option to satisfy all parties. If this was in your backyard, how would you vote?

  7. This construction will effect the property of thousands of taxpayers negatively to assist Amazon to function positively on the least expensive way. Vote no on Dominion’s plan. Accept no compromise.

  8. I urge you, and trust you, to support the BOCS Resolution as noted above. It is very IMPORTANT that this Resolution be passed! To NOT do so, will be remembered by many residents . . . . at any and all future elections.

  9. I urge you, and trust you, to support the BOCS Resolution as noted above. It is very IMPORTANT that this Resolution be passed. To NOT do so, will be remembered by many residents at future elections.

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