On January 16, 2013, Oro Valley Town Council will decide whether they want to spend $2.1 million to “underground” utility lines for three projects being proposed by Tucson Electric Power.

A Town ordinance establishes that all utilities be buried underground to preserve the natural beauty and scenic corridors; however, decisions on expenditures of this size—even if they fall under current Town ordinances—warrant substantial input from OV residents.

The topic is slated for public hearing at the January 16 Council meeting (6 p.m. at OV Town Hall), but Council is hoping to hear from residents prior to that meeting.

A special Study Session has been scheduled on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive. Project details will be discussed, and members of the community will have the opportunity to share their thoughts and concerns on the issue.

“Before this Council allocates $2.1 million dollars, I would like the Council to hear our residents’ opinions,” said Mayor Satish Hiremath.

Residents who are unable to attend the meetings may submit comments to Chris Cornelison, the Town’s constituent services coordinator, at ccornelison@orovalleyaz.gov or 229-4711.

To learn more about the proposed TEP projects, please visit www.orovalleyaz.gov and click on the “Events” tab.

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