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Electric power or views?

BOLTON County Route 11 between Bolton and the Northway is known for its hills and views. A developer is planning to add electricity as he builds a residential subdivision and some are frustrated about the prospect of more utility poles along more of the road. Some sections of Route 11 already have power lines criss crossing the road, interfering with a world class view of Lake George. Other sections have no power lines, and with the creation of Westwood Forest by Rolf Ronning, new power lines need to be added from East Schroon River Road to the intersection with Hendricks Road, about 1,600 feet. Route 11 is a designated scenic corridor, and town planners set up special zoning for the road, prohibiting cutting and doubling setbacks. Some planning board members feel that the lines should be buried, with the developer, National Grid or the town, picking up the tab of about $500,000. Ronning told the planning board that he could not pay that amount to bury power lines, which would make the price of his lots prohibitive. The planning board approved the application for installation of power poles with the right to review future proposals. A representative of National Grid told the board that the roadside is rocky and steep and not conducive to digging to bury power lines. National Grid and Ronning need to reach a final agreement before the power lines are put in and some trees would need to be cut or trimmed, with the majority just trimmed, according to National Grid.

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