New survey results released Monday by American Transmission Co. indicate that 58% of Douglas County, Wiscosin, residents support construction of the Arrowhead-Weston transmission line approved by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin. The survey found that two-thirds of adults in Douglas County believe the county board should approve the necessary easements on county-owned land.

In Washburn County, 52% of all residents support the construction of the Arrowhead-Weston transmission line.

“We obviously are pleased to discover that an overwhelming majority of the people in Douglas County support our request for an easement,” said Mark Williamson, vice president of major projects for ATC. “This is the fourth time over the past three years we have asked the people in Douglas County for their views about the project. We believe we have an obligation to listen to the people and to understand what the public wants and needs. I can tell you that every time we’ve asked people what they think, we’ve learned something that helped us do our job a little better.”

The survey of Douglas County found that, when asked what specific message people would send to their county board supervisor, 25% chose “We need the electricity and we need some property tax relief. Grant ATC the easement and use the money to give us some tax relief.”

--17% selected, “The line’s been extensively studied. Let’s get on with it and grant ATC the easement they need to build on the existing right-of-way on county-owned land.”
--17% picked, “I don’t necessarily like the project, but we need the new line and I’d rather see the county get some money for the use of its land.”

Only 16% wanted their county supervisor not to grant ATC the necessary easement on county-owned land.

The results come from a statistically valid sample of 400 Douglas County residents conducted Jan. 16-18 by Wood Communications Group, a nationally known market research firm in Madison, Wis. The sample consisted of telephone numbers randomly generated to accurately represent all households with working phones. The results of this study are an accurate reflection of the attitudes of all residents in this county within a sampling error of plus or minus 5%.

Washburn County Results

The survey of Washburn County found that, when asked what message people would send to their county board supervisor, 34% chose, “We need the electricity and we need some property tax relief. Grant ATC the easement and use the money to give us some tax relief.”

--15% selected, “The line’s been extensively studied. Let’s get on with it and grant ATC the easement they need to build on the existing right-of-way on county-owned land.”
--11% picked “I don’t necessarily like the project, but we need the new line and I’d rather see the county get some money for the use of its land.”
--20% wanted their county supervisor not to grant ATC the necessary easement on county-owned land.