There will be a Public Information Meeting on Thursday December 15 from 6-9 PM at the Arena Elementary School Gymnasium, 314 Willow Street along Hwy 14.
The public meeting will be for a large audience of town residents and board members of Arena, Wyoming and Vermont Townships concerned about the Cardinal Hickory Creek transmission project. The meeting will provide information about issues related to the CHC powerline line and will then show people many things they can do.
Residents of Dane, Iowa and Grant Counties will have an opportunity to express their concerns about the environmental, economic, social, and health impacts of a proposed 345 kilovolt transmission line through several townships. Another “public scoping meeting” has been scheduled by the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service for Wednesday, December 7, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Deer Valley Lodge, 401 W. Industrial Drive, Barneveld. “The additional meetings are being held to give the public more opportunities to review the project and provide comments,” according to an announcement in the Federal Register of November 22, 2016. Earlier meetings included November sessions in Dodgeville and Middleton. The Barneveld meeting was scheduled after questions arose about whether proper notification was given, and concerns expressed by area residents about the potential negative impacts of the Cardinal-Hickory Creek (CHC) transmission line. The CHC is proposed to run 125 miles from Iowa to Middleton through the Driftless Area of Southwestern Wisconsin. Hundreds of local municipalities and individuals have expressed written concern about the proposal. The Barneveld meeting December 7 will offer another opportunity to meet Rural Utilities Service officials and representatives of the American Transmission Company, International Transmission Company, and Dairyland Power Cooperative. The three transmission corporations have proposed construction of the CHC line at an estimated cost of $500 million to move electrical energy through Wisconsin from other states to points outside the state. A significant portion of the construction costs would be passed onto Wisconsin ratepayers in coming decades.