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Vt. utility seeks mountaintop access for tower

August 24, 2011

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The company that owns Vermont's electrical transmission grid wants to condemn a Wells mountaintop so it can install a communications tower over the objections of the landowners.

The Vermont Electric Power Company is asking the Public Service Board to authorize the condemnation of the property owned by artists Olga Julinska and Felix Kniazev, who had hoped to use the area as an art school.

VELCO wants to erect an 80-foot communications tower at the location to enhance radio communication with line crews.

VELCO lawyer Leslie Cadwell says the project should not interfere with the landowners' use of the mountain.

But Julinska tells Vermont Public Radio they wouldn't be able to use their property any more.

Her attorney says the project is not consistent with residential use.

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