Oronoco Township responds to Xcel’s slap down

Filed under:Hampton-Alma-LaCrosse — posted by admin on October 26, 2011 @ 9:23 am


It continues… First was Oronoco Township’s Reply Brief:

Oronoco Township “Reply” Brief

Then Xcel Energy’s response to that in a letter to Judge Sheehy:

Xcel Letter re: Oronoco Reply Brief

And now, drumroll here:

Oronoco Township letter to Judge Sheehy

The whole thing is bizarre.


  • They’re arguing that the numbers of houses, parcels, affected whatevers that they came up with in their reply breif, without citation to anything in the record, well, they’re saying that “if we were standing before Your Honor with the sheet maps in the FEIS and arguing this case, we could point out the same information that was in our final argument.”  Ummmmmm, they WERE standing before her.  EH??
  • They didn’t have a handle on the costs and didn’t know where to find it.
  • They’d originally claimed a fall-down distance of 340 feet!  And when challenged on that, their response is:

Our error was not realizing the poles can be as tall as 185 feet, so we actually understated the fall distance, which is really 370 feet, or 30 feet more than we argued.

WTF?  Fall down distance of 370 feet? Fall down distance is distance from the centerline, H-E-L-L-O!


  1. I understand there is no logic in commenting on a site that you control but your post is truly classless. Are your clients as embarassed about your behavior as they should be?

    Mudwrestling girls and WTFs…..so proud…..

    Comment by Mark Thein — November 8, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

  2. I fail to see how NoCapx2020’s factual comments are classless. Certainly the uniformed residents whose properties would have been affected by Oronoco’s ridiculous 11th hour attempt to propose a new, and previously unconsidered route, past all deadlines to do so, was, at the very kindest, ill conceived and probably illegal. And, then to have the professional they hired admit to an illegal, privately held, meeting the night before testimony borders on insane. AND the Oronoco Township board, their OPAC Committee used their constituents’ money, a good deal of it, to shaft their own residents. Think that doesn’t smack of conflict of interest.

    Look, if you serve on a municipal board it behooves you to know what you are doing and why you are doing it. Opening your agenda packet,for the first time, while the meeting is conducted speaks to the preparedness of these board members. No wonder Pine Island snuck in their back door! Bet that smarts!

    Comment by Aurora Baxana — March 16, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

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