Wasilla Planning Commission Votes 5 to 1 to Approve MEA Power Lines Permit.
The Approval Comes with Condition that Power Lines be Buried.
WASILLA- The Wasilla Planning Commission voted 5 to 1 on August 13th to approve a permit for the Matanuska Electric Association -- commonly known as MEA -- to build its power lines through the city's main corridor. The approval comes with a condition. The cooperative must bury the lines along the proposed route.
The vote ends a 4-month stand-off between the city of Wasilla and MEA, over its request to build 80 to 100 foot high-voltage power lines from its plant in Eklutna to its Herning substation in Wasilla.
To build them overhead or to bury them was the question before the planning commission Tuesday night.
Commissioner Jesse Sumner cast the only vote against approval of the permit.
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