Mauston area resident Larry Taylor attends ATC Open House at Angero’s Monday afternoon.

Mauston area residents attended an Open House Monday held by the American Transmission Company at Anjero’s Banquet Facility on Mauston‘s east side.   Property owners want to know how the proposed high voltage power lines will affect their land.  ATC Communications Manager Anne Spalthoz said, “the feedback is important in deciding the proposed routes.  The cost of the multi-million dollar project will be paid by rate payers across several states and a Canadian province.”  The American Transmission Company has narrowed its routes for the proposed Badger Coulee Transmission Line Project to two options.  ATC has proposed an approximately 170-mile, 345 kv line from north of La Crosse through Black River Falls down the Interstate 94 corridor to Tomah then along I90/94 through New Lisbon, Mauston, and the Dells to northern Dane County.  The second proposed route would be shorter and starts near Holmen, travels south through Onalaska to Cashton, along Highway 33 to Ontario, then to Elroy, Lyndon Station, and Lake Delton to northern Dane County.  ATC-Proposed-Route-Map-for-Fall-2012   ATC will submit the two proposed routes to the Wisconsin Public Service Commission in early 2013.  If the project is approved, the PSC will select one of the two proposed routes ordered to be built.
A group opposed to the proposed high voltage transmission line project, Decline the Line, held its own ‘open house’ outside Anjero’s in the parking lot Monday afternoon.