(February 2019) You may notice an increase in traffic during the next few weeks as poles began to be erected along the System Backbone Project route. Foundations were completed in January, and now structures can be placed. Capitol Electric Construction, based in Kansas City MO, will be setting poles for the remainder of February and most of March. Crews will begin erecting poles on the southern part of the project close to Ingalls, KS, and work their way north toward Highway 156. Once poles are set, conductor will be strung. The project is expected to be fully energized by mid-summer 2019.
(January 2019) Easements are secured, construction materials purchased, and substation foundation locations staked, pole structure foundations are ready to be poured.
Cornerstone Building and Design, based out of Plainville, Kan., was selected to provide contracted services to pour the pole foundations. Staking of the foundations will begin in January 2019, followed by foundation pours in February. After the foundations are completed, poles will be set, and conductor wires will be strung. Activity near the project area will increase dramatically during the months.
Project Update: Route Finalized
(March 2018) Once the route was identified in March, the remaining rights of entry were obtained from landowners. Surveying and Mapping, LLC (SAM), was selected to perform project survey work. Surveys were completed in mid-April. After surveys were completed, staff prepared easement document packages that included a monetary offer for each affected parcel. Landowners can expect to receive offers in the mail by late spring 2018.
Project construction is expected to last approximately nine months. The project in-service date is scheduled for May 2019.
Project Update: Route Still to be Determined
(December 2017) Sunflower Electric Power Corporation continues to evaluate public feedback obtained during the public open houses to determine the best possible route location for the System Backbone Project. Construction of the project is expected to commence during the second or third quarter of 2018, and project completion is scheduled for late 2019.
Information about the final route will also be posted to the project site, located at the bottom of this page.
Project Update: Final Meeting Announced
(August 2017) Sunflower Electric Power Corporation is hosting the final public meeting for the Santa Fe -to-Charleston-to Twin Springs Transmission Project. Landowners and members of the public are encouraged to attend the come-and-go meeting to learn about the project and offer feedback.
The meeting will be held at the Cimarron City Public Library, located at 120 North Main, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on September 26, 2017.
A preferred route has been identified, and a map will posted to this website following the public meeting.
Project Update – August
(August 2017) Sunflower Electric Power Corporation, Wheatland Electric Cooperative, Inc., Lane-Scott Electric Cooperative, and Victory Electric Co-op Association representatives hosted public meetings in Garden City and Cimarron on August 8-9. The purpose of the meetings was to inform landowners and community members about the Santa Fe-to-Charleston-to-Twin Springs 115 kV Transmission Project that will be built in Gray and Finney counties.
Three individuals from the public attended the Garden City event, while 12 individuals attended the Cimarron event. The project’s need, timeline and construction process were explained to those in attendance.
For those unable to attend either meeting, access to all the materials presented to the public is available via the link below. Anyone who wishes to comment about the project or submit property information is encouraged to do so through the same link.
After staff members review the public comments related to the project, they will begin the process of identifying a preferred route. Once the preferred route is identified, additional public meetings will be held. Landowners within 500’ of the preferred route will receive letters inviting them to the meetings. Also, the meetings will be advertised in the Garden City Telegram and Cimarron Jacksonian so that those who desire more information about the project may attend.
Sunflower Electric Power Corporation is in the early stage of planning the construction of the Santa Fe-to-Charleston-to-Twin Springs Transmission Project, which will include the construction of three new substations, two in Gray county and one in Finney County. The project is needed to ensure continued electrical reliability and support additional electrical grid demand in the area. Building the project will relieve congestion, as well as provide local benefits. Although the route has not been finalized, it is anticipated that the line will run approximately 24 miles and consist of single-pole, steel structures. The right-of-way and acquisition process is scheduled to begin in late 2017.
Sunflower, Victory, Lane-Scott, and Wheatland are hosting two public open houses, one in Gray County and another in Finney. The public open houses will provide an opportunity for you to learn about and comment on the project. Representatives from the member cooperatives will be available to answer your questions. Information will be the same at each of the meetings. Please plan to attend either meeting at your own convenience.
August 8, 2017
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
1911 East Kansas Avenue
Garden City, KS
August 9, 2017
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Cimarron City Public Library
120 North Main
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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Unable to attend the public information meetings in person? Don’t worry. We are hosting an online version of the meeting. You can attend at your convenience, learn about the project and provide your input. Click here to attend the online meeting. The meeting will remain open until September 1, 2017.