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Oshtemo will challenge a state order that they let high tension lines run through their area.


OSHTEMO (WKZO) -- Oshtemo Township says they will appeal a decision by the Michigan Public Service commission to grant a permit for the construction of a high tension power line through their community.

Township Supervisor Libby Heiny-Cogswell says it’s not just the two rows of tall mono poles that they object to,  but the 220 foot wide swath they plan to clear cut thru the trees in the Township. She says they have an ordinance requiring wires be buried near roadways.

Joe Kirik with the Michigan Electric Transmission Company says the plan is to prevent future black-outs in Kalamazoo, by providing a second set of high tension lines to the metro area.

The lines would run 7 miles from the Weeds Lake Substation in Van Buren County thru southern Oshtemo Township and to a power line that runs between 9th and 11th St.

He says they want to get it built as soon as they can but have not yet set a timetable. The Township has 30 days to appeal.