Kane County to draft resolution on Grand Prairie Gateway project

Published: Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

GENEVA – Kane County Board member Barb Wojnicki offered Wednesday to work with staff in developing a resolution that would address concerns about ComEd’s proposed Grand Prairie Gateway project.

Plans for the project include the installation of new high-voltage power lines between the utility company’s existing substations near the towns of Wayne and Byron.

It is intended to create a more efficient flow of energy and relieve congestion for Kane, DeKalb, DuPage and Ogle counties.

Wednesday, residents living near the proposed route in Elgin told the Kane County Development Committee they are concerned about the effects the power lines could have on their property values and health.

Mary Ochsenschlager of Sugar Grove also expressed concerns about the route the power lines could take near Muirhead Springs Forest Preserve.

Wojnicki, R-Campton Hills, proposed the county draft a resolution about the project.

In addition to including concerns about the effect on property values and public health, the document should encourage underground power lines in certain areas, she said.

She said she would like copies of the resolution sent to ComEd and the Illinois Commerce Commission, which is considering the proposed project.

ComEd spokeswoman Sylvia Rogowski said residents can submit feedback on the proposal to the ICC at www.icc.illinois.gov. The case number is 13-0657.

The utility company anticipates to have a ruling by July, Rogowski said.

Visit www.comed.com for information about the project.

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