Tryon to sit down with Duke Energy Tuesday

Published 9:20 pm Friday, September 11, 2015


By Leah Justice

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After deciding not to approve a resolution against Duke Energy’s modernization plan that could mean transmission towers being installed through Polk County, the Tryon Board of Commissioners has scheduled a meeting with Duke officials on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m.

The meeting will be at the Tryon Fire Department with the purpose of hearing from Duke officials regarding the new transmission line.

Tryon was asked last month by Polk County Commissioners to approve a resolution against Duke’s plans, similar to Polk County’s resolution. Polk was the first in the area to approve a resolution against Duke Energy, with Saluda and Columbus also approving a resolution against.

During Tryon’s August meeting, commissioners agreed to send Duke a letter expressing the town’s concerns and to meet with Duke officials to discuss the company’s plans.

Commissioner George Baker in August said he doesn’t want Tryon to write a nasty letter to Duke without speaking to them first.

The public is invited to attend the meeting with Duke Energy.

Tryon will hold its regular September meeting at 7 p.m. following the Duke Energy discussion.