Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Bury power line at the gateway to Ketchum

    The building of a new power line underground is not an “all or nothing” issue. And when the importance of maintaining the scenic beauty of the entrance to our community is considered, it is a bargain.
    The county comprehensive plan states that Highway 75 is to be considered a “scenic corridor.” With this as a guide, all new commercial development was stopped between Hailey and Ketchum. With the result that the strip development (as has occurred and blighted so many lovely ski towns) has not occurred here.
    I believe the critical part of Highway 75 that needs power lines underground is only the mile-and-a half-stretch from the Big Wood Bridge to the Trail Creek Bridge.
    Already, Idaho Power has been a good neighbor in cleaning up most of Ketchum’s power lines; thus giving a pristine entry into town.
    The existing power lines already go underground from south of St. Luke’s hospital, then go under the Big Wood Bridge, popping up a short ways north, and then above ground the rest of the way to Ketchum.
    I’m sure Idaho Power would consider a proposal from the Ketchum community to pay the difference between establishing overhead lines and burying the lines.
    We live in the gem of Idaho and love it. It is up to us to protect it for future generations.
Jack Williams


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