Evergy meets with neighbors following controversial power poles

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Residents packed a northeast Wichita church Tuesday night to voice concerns over giant power poles placed in their neighborhood. 

"The size of them and being able to see them from the highway, I mean they're monstrous."

Tadonne Neal said she hopes Evergy will replace the power poles with wooden poles. 

Evergy placed the power poles in neighborhood near 13th and Hydraulic in 2018. As soon as construction began, neighbors protested the poles. 

Gina Penzig, Evergy Manager of External Communication, said the company is working to fix the problem. 

"One of the other things we heard from the neighborhood is we want more communication, we want more input in this process before you come in and just make changes."

Evergy as well as city and state leaders met with concerned neighbors at Tuesday night's meeting to discuss possibilities of changing the design moving forward. 

"There will continue to be a line but we're hoping to lessen the footprint of that line." Penzig said the poles will stay in some form, but there are options. 

The poles will either be shortened, replaced with wooden poles and additional wiring, or remain the same. 

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