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a Public Witness in the SCC proceedings for the Haymarket transmission line and substation project (now that they have withdrawn as an official Respondent).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.
MOTION: LAWSON AND CANDLAND April 12, 2016
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.
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, 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;