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Res 85-49 Opposing Texas Utilities Electric Company’s “Trophy Club-Coppell-Euless 138kV Line”RESOLUTION OF THE TOWN OF WESTLAKE OPPOSING TEXAS UTILITIES ELECTRIC COMPANY'S "TROPHY CLUB-COPPELL-EULESS 138kV LINE" WHEREAS, the Board of Aldermen finds that the Town of Westlake is a rural community consisting of ranch homes on large tracts of land, flanked on its north side by the prestigious country club development known as Trophy Club, and is relatively free of billboard signs and large electric, telephone and cable television transmission poles; and WHEREAS, the Board of Aldermen hereby de-te..rm,i.nes that overhead electric and communication transmis.io_n and distribution lines which are visible from the public roa, s of the Town of Westlake create hazards, poor aesthetics, clutter and garishness, adversely affect the stability and value of property, produce degeneration of property with attendant deterioration of conditions affecting the peace, health and welfare of the Town, and destroy the proper relationship between the taxable value of the property and the cost of municipal services; and WHEREAS, the Board of Aldermen finds that electric and communication transmission and distribution lines which are erected above ground and which are visible from the public roads are visually offensive and pollute the scenic beauty of the Town of Westlake; and WHEREAS, the Board of Aldermen declares that it is the policy of the Town of Westlake to progress toward eventual undergrounding of all electrical and communication transmission and distribution facilities within the Town of Westlake; and WHEREAS, the Board of Aldermen finds that the public interest requires that unless and until it shall be determined that undergrounding of electric and communication transmission and distribution lines in any particular instance is not feasible or is inconsistent with sound environmental planning, overhead construction should not be authorized; and WHEREAS, an emergency is apparent for the immediate preservation of the environment because Texas Utilities Electric Company is proposing to erect a series of ninety foot towers supporting high-tension wires carrying electricity to or through the Town of Westlake; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE TOWN OF WESTLAKE: 1. OVERHEAD TRANSMISSION FACILITIES OPPOSED. The Town of Westlake hereby opposes the installation by Texas Utilities Electric Company of that certain 138kV transmission line proposed to traverse portions of the Towns of Westlake and Trophy Club. The Board of Aldermen is of the opinion that no electric or communication utility, whether privately or publicly owned, should install or reconstruct, or cause to be installed or reconstructed, any overhead electric or communication transmission or distribution facility which is capable of being seen from any public road within the Town of Westlake unless a showing is made before the Board of Aldermen and a finding made by the Board of Aldermen that undergrounding such facility would not be feasible or would be inconsistent with sound environmental planning. "Reconstruct" shall not include repairs or replacements of existing overhead facilities in the same location unless the visual impact would be significantly altered, but shall include moving to, or replacing at, a new location. 2. SUBSTATIONS, ETC. SHOULD BE CONCEALED. The Board of Aldermen is further of the opinion that substations, padmount transformer facilities, and similar padmount equipment should be placed in vaults where feasible, and otherwise should be concealed behind shrubbery or otherwise should be placed out of sight of the public traveling on any public road within the Town of Westlake. 3. DENIAL OF CERTIFICATE OF CONVENIENCE AND NECESSITY. The Board of Aldermen hereby strongly urges the Commission of Texas to deny the Certificate Necessity sought by Texas Utilities Electric 138kV line shall be undergrounded insofar as of Westlake and Trophy Club. -2- Public Utilities of Convenience and Company unless the it affects the Towns 4. INTERVENTION. The Town of Westlake wishes to intervene in the proceeding and respectfully requests that any and all hearings concerning the Certificate of Convenience and Necessity sought by Texas Utilities Electric Company be conducted at a location in the Town of Trophy Club available for such purpose. ?7o V e7,V UNANIMOUSLY PASSED AND APPROVED this f -±f -t! day of February, 1985. Attest: Wanda G. White, Secretary Dale L. White, Mayor -3-