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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Meeting
Monday, December 7, 1998; 1:30 P.M.
State Capitol Building, Room 464
Pierre, South Dakota
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ADDENDUM TO THE AGENDA
1. EL98-005 IN THE MATTER OF THE COMPLAINT FILED BY DOUGLAS L. KUPER, LENNOX, SOUTH DAKOTA, AGAINST LINCOLN-UNION ELECTRIC COMPANY REGARDING STRAY VOLTAGE. (Consumer Representative: Leni Healy. Staff Attorney: Karen Cremer.)
On March 6, 1998, Douglas L. Kuper, Lennox, SD, filed a complaint against Lincoln-Union Electric Company regarding stray voltage. The complaint "has been and still is neglect in fixing the stray voltage that has ruined my dairy herd and livestock operation. It has been found to be coming from the down grounds on the poles and is leaking or crossing my farm. By this expert engineers and a physics professor have found the problem to be Lincoln-Union's through numerous tests and also by myself... It has also been felt in our house when taking a shower or bath. It's also being felt in the barn at various times. I have spent thousands of dollars rewiring my farm place which the power company suggested and no relief was accomplished. We did not see any relief until the ground wires along the power company lines were cut. This case has gone to court twice and I have won both times..." Mr. Kuper is asking the Commission to order Lincoln-Union Electric Company to update the system and has given several options. In an order dated April 28, 1998, the Commission made a finding of Probable Cause. A hearing in this dockets is scheduled for December 15-18, 1998 in Sioux Falls.
TODAY, staff has an update. If the matter is resolved, shall the Commission close the docket?
Deputy Executive Director
December 4, 1998