In brief: in a face-to-face meeting with Marty Hunt, PG&E Region Manager, North Coast Transmission Line on Wednesday June 5th, along with Saint Helena City Manager Mark Prestwich, and several homeowners in the 1100 block of Hudson Avenue in Saint Helena, Marty Hunt confirmed that a new 55-80 foot high voltage transmission line support tower would be constructed the backyard of 1154 Hudson Avenue. PG&E holds no such rights to construct a new support structure, which is detailed in the attached document “Grant Right of Way” dated May 15 1928 for the 1100 block of Hudson Avenue where it states in the third paragraph “however as part of this agreement it is further agreed…to place no poles”.
PG&E work is already underway on the 12-mile stretch of the ‘Fulton-Calistoga 60kV Power Line Reconductoring Project’ to replace aging infrastructure, outlined in the attached Advice Letter 5500-E. Note, construction of new support towers is not disclosed in this letter, and has not been disclosed in writing to any Saint Helena city official, or affected resident.
PG&E has also manipulated the facts detailed in Advice Letter 5500-E. Attached are 2 versions of this letter, both dated March 20, 2019 where PG&E has manipulated the content of the letter on page one, which provides conflicting information on the quantity, style and height of replacement towers. Changing content of this letter should have opened a new protest period, which lapsed on April 10th.
False claims of easement rights, and Advice Letter content manipulation is deeply problematic for PG&E. The work that PG&E is doing is underway now, is planned to last 150+ years, but they have not fully disclosed it, and are fast-tracking the project – it is slated to be complete by Fall.
The Saint Helena City Council is prepared to take action — and will be issuing a letter to the California Public Utility Commission Monday, June 10. City Manager Mark Prestwich has advised it will be posted to the City website on Monday, you will be able to find it there.
This item has been agendized by the Saint Helena City Council, for their next meeting on Tuesday June 11 at 6:00pm. Residents of Hudson Avenue will be addressing the Council and Residents -neighbors have alerted all 1100 block Hudson Avenue homeowners, and many concerned St Helena residents who feel they may be blindsided by PG&E plans that have not yet been disclosed.