BOONE, Iowa—ITC Midwest, the owners of electrical transmission lines and substations, was successful the second time around on locating a substation northeast of Boone. The substation is essentially the end of a significant upgrade in electrical service for the Boone area. Troy Weary is the local manager and actually withdrew an application for a substation last year when residents were opposed to the location. At the time, those residents suggested moving closer to the CIPCO Substation northeast of Boone. That’s what finally happened. The new plan calls for construction of a substation immediately east of the current CIPCO location. Weary said earlier that it wasn’t possible to located in the current substation because of the size of their project. He also noted that locating further away from their newly upgraded transmission line was not going to be cost effective and would also have an impact on more neighbors. Weary says the substation is part of the company’s commitment to improving a transmission system that’s 60-to-70 years old and planning for the next 60-too-70 years. Alliant Utilities is also waiting for the upgraded substation so they can complete their upgrade at their substation at 8th and Harrison in Boone. The Boone County Zoning Board of Adjustment approved the Conditional Use Permit for ITC during their meeting Thursday. Weary said ITC has worked with the neighbors on a plan for a visual buffer and will be working with the Boone County Engineer on drainage and road matters.