To the Journal editor:
We are proud owners of a residence on the Black River in Ely Township, south of Ishpeming. This property has been in our family since 1945.
We have invested endless hours and thousands of dollars to improve this property and have diligently paid the tax assessments to Ely Township in a timely manner, however, Ely Township officials appear to be more concerned with the additional money available to them by the American Transmission Co.
Our property is enjoyed extensively by our family. We use it throughout the year for lodging, outdoor recreation, family gatherings and special events.
One of the most important and priceless qualities is the privacy it affords us. We are located at the end of Marquette County Road CS and the property has been posted as private and gated since 1945. We are now concerned that this privacy, essential to the appreciation and value of the property, is about to be compromised.
The ATC, based in DePere, Wis., sent us a letter on April 26 informing us they have preliminary plans for a new high voltage, 345-kilo-volt electric transmission line (P130-3) that will cross the only access road into our property.
This creates concern for my family due to exposure to electromagnetic fields. The loss of valuable river frontage and potential pollution of the river by herbicides used to control growth on the transmission line will certainly impact our property value and our wildlife and wetlands. These environmental impacts will affect the community as a whole, not just private property owners.
We hope the state of Michigan and its reviewing agencies will share our concerns and encourage the ATC to utilize existing routes for their transmission lines.
The ATC literature claims they currently own or manage 9,440 miles of transmission lines and 519 substations. They would have access to these existing lines and right of ways within their regional network that they could utilize without building new lines that adversely affect private property owners.
We, as consumers, are going to foot the bill and should expect ATC to be eco-friendly and cost conscious in their approach to this project.
Please contact your legislators and the American Transmission Company, 2 Fen Oak Court, Madison, Wis. 53791-8614 to share your thoughts, or e-mail comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.