Leander dedicates $95k in legal fees: Additional money granted for LCRA transmission line case

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The Leander City Council voted in favor of committing an additional $95,000 in legal and witness fees for Lower Colorado River Authority’s (LCRA) case on running a transmission line from Round Rock to Leander.

LCRA is looking to construct a 138-kilovolt line from two standing power substations in Round Rock and Leander to two projected substations in Cedar Park and Leander. The goal of this project is to improve the reliability of service in northern Williamson County.

LCRA previously identified 31 possible routes to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) of Texas late last month, as well as a route that runs along FM 1431 and Sam Bass Road as one of the preferred locations. 

The City of Leander already filed as an intervenor in this case, as well as the cities of Cedar Park and Round Rock, and Williamson County. 

According to city documents, 95 intervenors filed position statements or pre-filed direct testimony. 

Earlier, Leander hired special legal counsel to represent the city in the case hearing. Several circumstances have ensued in the case since then, which will call for more legal counsel. For example, intervenors have asked for detailed evaluation of six additional routes, bringing the total number of routes under consideration to 37.

At this point in time, legal fees have totaled  $50,000. Last week, the council approved additional funds up to $85,000 for legal fees and funds, plus engagement of an expert witness up to $10,000. This bring the total for both up to $145,000.

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