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As a businessman and lifelong resident of Solomons, I am writing to rally political support for our community in its opposition to the Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative eyesore that is soon to be thrust upon us. We have seen the obtrusive 150-foot poles marching down the county toward our town. In Solomons, the poles will march from the Dowell Road power station, along Newtown Road and Route 4, to the bridge ramp. On our flat terrain, these overhead lines will dominate the horizon and forever damage the aesthetics of our town. Our tourism appeal and business will be diminished, and property values will fall as these ugly towers rise.

There is a better alternative: Install the conduits and lines underground from the bridge to Dowell. SMECO is planning to install the lines underground across the Solomons Navy Recreation Center, then under the river and underground through a portion of St. Mary’s County. Why not in Solomons? The existing right of ways can be used, and the added expense is small compared to the magnitude of our town’s loss.

The Solomons Civic Association and Solomons Business Association have joined forces to combat SMECO poles in our town. They have diagrams and information to assist in understanding the issues. Our residents have united in appealing to our politicians and the Maryland Public Service Commission for the underground alternative. The overhead lines are a mistake about to happen unless our elected representatives act now to support us. It is not too late.

Albert “Skip” Zahniser, Solomons