Traverse City Record-Eagle

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April 24, 2014

Partial solution to Wayne Street line proposed

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"We don't want it there," Biederman said. "The taxpayers paid $2.9 million for that piece of property to be an open space and natural area. We've been working to develop it and running power lines down it doesn't do a great deal for aesthetics there."

The authority board asked city commissioners to delete the transmission line upgrade from the city's capital improvement plan that is part of the city's budget.

Removal from the budget would stop design work on the project scheduled for construction in 2015, if it gains city commission approval, Arends said.

Rerouting the line out of the park or burying it would unfairly impact city residents who would have to absorb the cost, Arends said. Park supporters should have included removal cost in their budget as part of the original request to voters, he said.

City commissioners will begin reviewing the budget and capital improvement plan on April 28.

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