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UTAH POWER HIRES AIDE IN DIMPLE DELL DISPUTE

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Utah Power has hired former U.S. Attorney David Jordan to help present its case in a dispute over the controversial Dimple Dell substation near Sandy.

Among the issues is whether expansion plans that would include stringing high-voltage lines through a residential area along 1300 East would hurt property values and create ill health effects.Jordan and attorney Gregory Monson presented arguments Tuesday during the first of five days of testimony before a special judge. Jordan and Monson said the Master Planning for Power Committee, a citizens group that opposes the substation and the power lines, "has a significant burden in establishing the Planning Commission decision (to allow construction) was arbitrary and capricious."

Former District Judge David Roth was appointed by Salt Lake County commissioners to render an opinion in the dispute.

Monson argued Tuesday that burying power lines, which residents say is among the acceptable alternatives, would cost six times more than overhead lines. William Knecht, a retired attorney representing the citizens group, said he would present witnesses to contradict that claim.