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Prophetstown utility lines are about to be moved

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources will make its decision on the utility lines in Prophetstown in the coming weeks.

Posted: Nov. 21, 2018 10:38 PM
Updated: Nov. 22, 2018 8:11 AM

BATTLE GROUND, Ind. (WLFI) — The Indiana Department of Natural Resources will make its decision on the relocation of utility lines in Prophetstown in the coming weeks. Many people worry power lines would completely destroy the integrity of the 1920s style farm at Prophetstown State Park.

Projects starting soon will cause the removal and replacing of the utility lines.

Originally, the DNR wanted to place the lines through the state park. Duke Energy gave DNR three potential locations for the power lines. It could put them on the farm, it can build them on land DNR plans to develop or, DNR can purchase new land for the lines.

Moving the power lines to the farm would be the cheapest for DNR. After many meetings, the agency says it wants what the community wants. They do not want the lines to ruin the beauty and history of the almost century-old farm.

The DNR met with State Senator Ron Alting to consider its options, even if it means spending more money. State Sen. Ron Alting said that's the next step in advancing the project.

"We just have to figure out the dollar amount of what it's going to cost to do one of the other alternatives and go from there," said Alting. 

Alting added a solution to the utility lines should be decided in the coming weeks.

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