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    Updated: September 24, 2008

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    Fredon residents want power lines blacked out


    FREDON — Several hundred outraged citizens gathered in front of the Fredon Civic Center last Wednesday evening with plans to storm the gym and demand some answers of Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) representatives who were invited by Fredon officials and others to give citizens a chance to ask questions in a personal setting.

    The personal setting turned into a rush a little after 7 p.m. as the masses, including three children wearing large stop the lines signs, filtered into the gymnasium to get some answers. A primary concern is the Fredon School. It is the only school along the proposed 125 mile route, which will carry 500 kilovolt lines (in addition to existing 230 kilovolt lines) over 185-foot-high lattice towers.

    The route will follow a right-of-way owned by PSE&G that dates back to the 1920s.

    Other concerns include health ramifications in the community, property value decrease and whether there will be blasting involved.

    Fredon mayor, Sandy Coltelli, said she wants to handle the whole situation “in a really unbiased fashion.” She and another committee member sit on the planning board before which PSE&G will have to appear to obtain approval, even though they have the right-of-way.

    “They’ll have to appear before either the planning or zoning in every municipality through which the lines will go,” Coltelli said. “During these presentations, there will be expert witnesses who will be addressing health and property value issues.” She said she is happy a grassroots group has formed and added, “It’s important to get as much information out there as possible.” She said in the near future she hopes to have representatives from PSE&G return to answer more of the public’s questions.

    PSE&G has a Web site explaining the project for view at: www.pseg.com/companies/pseandg/powerline/overview.jsp.

    Fredon residents had lap tops set up outside the Civic Center last Wednesday so that those in attendance could electronically sign petitions against the lines. They also have a Web site: www.stopthelines.com which gives perceived information and shows photos of what the new towers will look like.









     

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