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Clean Line Energy offers transmission line update

POSTED: December 4, 2012 7:00 a.m.

Ellsworth County commissioners received an update on the proposed Grain Belt Express Clean Line during the Nov. 26 meeting.
Adhar Johnson, regional outreach manager with Clean Line Energy Partners, said the company’s 700 mile overhead, high voltage direct current transmission line would start in Ford County and run northwest through Kansas into Missouri and on to states in the eastcentral United States.
While the exact route the line will take remains under consideration, Johnson said one option would bring the line through a portion of northwest Ellsworth County.
“It’s going to change the way we distribute energy,” Johnson said.
She said Clean Line Energy Partners plans to host a public meeting the week of Jan. 28 in Ellsworth to address any concerns residents might have.
No construction is expected to take place on the line until at least 2015.
In other business:
• Ellsworth County Sheriff Tracy Ploutz asked the commissioners to make sure his part-time dispatchers are considered for a raise.
“I have no objection to paying $10.50 an hour to part-timers to get the job done,” Commissioner Al Oller said.
“Just go ahead and plan on increasing the pay scale for part-time dispatchers to $10.50,” Commissioner Terry Kueser told Ploutz.
• Rick Nondorf, superintendent of the Ellsworth County Road and Bridge Department, received permission to trade-in a 2002 pickup with 149,000 miles for a 2013 Chevrolet Sliverado half-ton, extended cab, four-wheel drive, pickup. Nondorf plans to purchase the $25,528 pickup from Holm Automotive in Abilene.
• The 2013 contract with the Salina-Saline County Health Department LEPP program was approved. The cost to Ellsworth County will be $13,385 — up $585 from last year.
• Keith Haberer, director of Ellsworth County Emergency Management, said Ellsworth fire chief Bob Kepka has volunteered to serve on the Kansas Fire Service Working Group. The group is charged with coming up with a definition and standards of what a firefighter is and documenting all fire equipment resources in Kansas.
At the Nov. 19 meeting:
• Jon Halbgewachs and Wayne Scritchfield of Kirkham, Michael and Associates in Ellsworth, presented a summary of the Ellsworth County

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