Landowners, MATL reach compromise

   The other landowners weren’t immediately available for comment.
   van’t Hof said confidentially agreements have been signed in each case but, in general, the appeals involved placement of the poles and the use of diagonal crossings over farmland.
   The settlements did not involve any  payments except that the company agreed to pay the landowners’ legal fees, van’t Hof said.
   Last week, MATL. said appeals of the project were partly responsible for a five-month delay in construction of the transmission line.
   Construction, which was scheduled to being this month, has been pushed back to the fall.
   The Alberta Court of Appeals heard an appeal of the project by property owners in Alberta in January. A decision is pending.
   “If the court finds something that needs to fixed up, we’ll go fix it up,” van’t Hof said.
   Bob Williams of Montana Alberta Tie Ltd., a Tonbridge Power Inc. subsidiary, said individual negotiations with Montana landowners over easements and mitigating  the impact of the line would pick up once the Court of appeals case is settled.
   The 500-foot corridor that’s been authorized in Montana gives the company flexibility in the final centerline location, he said.
   The transmission line will run through four Montana counties; Glacier, Pondera, Teton and Cascade. Between 45 and 52 miles of the transmission poles will be in Pondera County.
   Taxes to the county have been estimated to be between $1,038,970 on the low side too possibly as high as $1,182,684.