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Frisco residents fight power line plans

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The Frisco City Council passed a resolution unanimously to keep power lines from going up in the city, after hundreds of angry citizens protested them at Frisco's City Hall.

The plans would put one line of steel power poles along Main Street between Legacy and FM 423, and another down Stonebrook Parkway to connect to existing lines.

Many of houses in that area are still under construction, and Calvin Bledsoe Elementary sits a few hundred yards away.

Homeowners say at a meeting with Brazos Electric and its partner CoServ last week, neither company gave good data on the intensity of the electromagnetic fields produced by these 138,000 Volt lines.

Protestors are especially angry about the timeline.

"We were basically informed two weeks ago that they were going to put the proposed transmission line through Frisco, and only a week ago did they hold a meeting for all of us," Mike Grim, West Frisco Homeowners Coalition, said.

Grim suggests adding another arm to the lines to provide more power. Plus, an additional substation like this one would have to be constructed.

"We think there are better options between burying them, placing them where there are already existing lines, using Army Corps property which doesn't affect residents at all," Kendall Meade, Pearson Farms HOA President, said.

Many thought the lines were necessary to accommodate Frisco's exponential growth, but Meade said Brazos never proved that either.

"We understand there's growth and there's gonna be changes, what we don't want to do is to have Brazos create a plan that's quick and easy for them, but not best for the residents of this town."

Fox 4 did call and email representatives of Brazos electric company but neither our calls or e-mails have been returned.

The Public Utility Commission will make the final decision on power line plans, whether or not the city and its residents agree with it.

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