- Associated Press - Sunday, December 20, 2015

WEBSTER, S.D. (AP) - Officials in Webster expect a high-voltage transmission line that’s being built between South Dakota and North Dakota to bring a boost to their community, where much of the work will take place.

The 90-acre laydown yard for the 162-mile transmission line spanning from the Otter Tail Power plant in Big Stone to Ellendale, North Dakota, will be in the Webster Industrial Park, the Aberdeen American News (https://bit.ly/1T3vv65 ) reported.

Tom Sannes, president of the Webster Area Development Corp., said more than 750 electrical towers needed for the transmission line will be built at the yard in Webster and then moved to where they’re needed along the route.

“It’s a good opportunity for Day County,” Sannes said. “Anytime that we can have industry locate in our area for an extended period of time there should be, and I expect, economic advantages. You never know what can spin off with these types of projects, you never know what may happen.”

Otter Tail Power Co. and Montana-Dakota Utilities will pay an estimated $535,000 to $755,000 in annual property taxes to Day County, according to the development corporation.

The utilities have been planning the line since 2008. Its estimated cost is about $330 million, officials from the companies have previously said.

“There will be a lot of activity coming for the next three years,” Webster Mayor Mike Grosek said. “Economically, it will be very big for this city and this area.”

Three or four offices and a meeting area for the project also will be located in Webster.

Work on the transmission line, which will connect two new substations, is expected to be completed in 2019.


Information from: Aberdeen American News, https://www.aberdeennews.com

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