A presentation about a proposed AEP transmission line is slated for Dublin City Council’s meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 in City Hall, 5200 Emerald Parkway.
The presentation will give city staff members an opportunity to answer council’s questions about the proposed route of the transmission line, said Lindsay Weisenauer, a Dublin Public Affairs Officer.
AEP is planning to build a transmission line along a route in the city’s West Innovation District, near the Ballantrae subdivision.
The last public meeting in which council discussed the project drew a crowd of residents. Dublin police estimated 90 Ballantrae residents attended the meeting in council chambers and another 90 watched while gathered outside chambers.
During the meeting, several residents voiced concerns the transmission line would reduce the property values of their residences.
Council members Dec. 2 voted 7-0 to recommend an alternative transmission line route to AEP, one that travels along Eiterman Road and near the planned University Boulevard -- that would run between Eiterman and Shier-Rings Road -- and then along Shier-Rings Road. The route would primarily feature 65-foot-tall poles instead of the 90-foot-tall poles AEP originally planned.
Along with approving the recommended alternative, council directed city staff to look into two additional pieces of information, Weisenauer said.
One would be the cost of burying a 1,500-foot section of transmission line near the future University Boulevard, she said.
The second would be exploring options to sweep the route farther north where it travels near University Boulevard, to be farther away from the Ballantrae neighborhood.
AEP has the right to go forward with its project with or without city approval or input, Weisenauer said, but the city has been working with AEP.
Anything alternative to AEP’s original plan -- such as burying power lines -- would be done at the city’s cost, Weisenauer said.
Dublin has looked at various alternatives, from burying the entire line to burying sections -- solutions that range from $8 million to $32 million, she said.