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August 18, 2012

OG&E seeks permits for transmission line project

Woodward, Okla. — OG&E appears to be preparing to start construction soon on its new overhead transmission line project between Woodward and Hitchland.

The energy company has requested 17 utility permits from the Woodward County Commission in order to install the overhead lines across county roadways in Highway Districts No. 2 and No. 3. County commissioners are slated to consider approval of all 17 permits during their weekly meeting at 10 a.m. Monday in the Woodward County Courthouse.

The OG&E transmission line will start southwest of Woodward and go through the Panhandle for approximately 130 miles before ending at Hitchland, a community located south of Guymon on the Oklahoma-Texas border.

County Commissioner chair Tommy Roedell said the utility permits are just a routine part of any utility development.

"Every time they cross a county road they have to get a permit to do so," Roedell said. "This way the county is aware of what the company is doing and they make sure it doesn't have any bad effects on the roadway."

In addition to the 17 permit requests from OG&E, county commissioners are also slated to consider a separate, single utility permit request from Northwestern Electric to cross over a county road northwest of Mutual in the NW/4 of Section 3-T20N-R19W in District 2.

In other business, commissioners will consider establishing a board to continue developing plans for improvements at the Woodward County Fairgrounds, including the possible construction of new facilities.

"This is to allow them to put a board together to continue work on plans on how to get the financing for the improvements or new buildings at the fairgrounds," Roedell said.

The commissioners will also open sealed bids for bunker gear for Woodward County fire departments.  Roedell said this will include safety gear such as pants, coats and boots.

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