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Madison Mayor: City won't challenge PSC powerline decision in court

MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz says the City won't challenge the decision of the Public Service Commission to have ATC build a new powerline along the beltline.

In his blog, Mayor Cieslewicz said "It's an understatement" that he does not agree with the decision, but he asked the City Attorney to look into the legality of the matter and came to the conclusion they don't have legal basis to file a lawsuit to stop the project.

According to City Attorney Mike May, "While (frustrations related to the PSC's ruling on the merits) may be justified, they hardly amount to a showing that no rational or reasonable person could have come to the conclusion that the Commission came to in this case, nor do they constitute a legal foundation to challenge the PSC Order... I conclude that while the City fought the good fight, the fight should come to an end."

May said, to win in court, the City would have to prove no rational person would reach the conclusion the PSC did.

The PSC considered four possible routes for the American Transmission Company to build a 345 kilovolt line from West Middleton to Rockdale.

In June, the PSC chose the route that runs along the beltline.

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