LES board postpones decision on final route for southwest Lincoln power line

After spending almost a year studying routes for a high-voltage power line southwest of Lincoln, the Lincoln Electric System Administrative Board on Friday decided to wait another month before choosing a final path for the $3.6 million project.

“I think it was a smart decision for them to table it until they have more members,” said John Guenzel, one of several area landowners who spoke before the board voted 4-2 to postpone the decision until Oct. 19.

Board members Elizabeth Raetz and Jerry Hudgins were absent, and Matt McNair left late in the meeting because of a prior commitment. That left six members to vote on the route recommended by LES staff and the board’s operations and power supply committee.

Board member W. Don Nelson suggested tabling the issue until more members could be present, saying he was reluctant to make a decision with members absent.

Click here to read more.