OPPD is managing the Nebraska portion of the Midwest Transmission Project. Kansas City Power and Light is managing the Missouri portion of the project.

The measure approved by the board at its monthly meeting for May allows the district to negotiate with property owners beginning this summer to acquire easements voluntarily for the line. The easements are in Otoe, Nemaha and Richardson counties. As a last resort, after all reasonable efforts have been made through good-faith negotiation to acquire easements voluntarily, if the sides are unable to reach agreement, the District could use eminent domain.

Approximately 150 new easements will be needed to construct OPPD’s portion of the 345-kilovolt line in Nebraska. The Nebraska portion of the transmission line will be 45 miles in length and construction is set to begin summer 2015.

OPPD has already announced three public meetings with impacted property owners within the project area. During those meetings, representatives will answer questions about the project; provide a project status update; and provide information regarding the easement acquisition process. Property owners also will be able to make comments about the project.

Those meeting are scheduled as follows:

Monday, May 19, 2014, 6 – 8 p.m.
Lied Lodge & Conference Center
2700 Sylvan Road Nebraska City, NE

Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 6 – 8 p.m.
Falls City Middle School Gymnasium
1415 Morton Street Falls City, NE

Thursday, May 22, 2014, 6 – 8 p.m.
Nemaha County Fairgrounds 4-H Building
816 I Street (Hwy 75 and 9th Street) Auburn, NE.