Residents weigh in on multi-million dollar transmission line project
Chances are you'd be in favor of cheaper, more reliable electricity, but what if that means new transmission lines running through your property? Officials with the Ameren Transmission Company are sharing their plan to do just that with residents in Northeast Missouri.
Wednesday's meeting is the first phase of a four year multi-million dollar project which would add hundreds of construction jobs in the area and 100 miles of new transmission lines through northeast Missouri. Community members say so far, they like what they see.
Officials anticipate the project will cost roughly $200 million, but Peggy Ladd with the Ameren Transmission Company said there are cost-saving benefits to this project.
"For every dollar this project costs us, we estimate it will save people in other electrical related costs about $3," Ladd said.
Shelby County resident Michael Orr said he often has power outages in his home, and he feels optimistic about the project.
"I listen to the farmers talk too and of course it'll affect their crops but after they got their questions answered, it looks like it'll have a minimal impact," Orr said.
Ladd said if Ameren continues to move forward with the project, construction would start in 2016 and take two years to finish. It would run from Palmyra, up to the Missouri-Iowa border in Schuyler County. A specific route has yet to be determined, which is something Ladd hopes the public can help with.
"The area residents know this area the best," Ladd said. "They know what the constraints are. They know the road block constraints. They know where the development areas are. They are the ones that know where their children are planning on building houses. All of that information is very important to us."
Ladd said the Ameren Transmission Company will review the public comments and put together a more concrete plan in its next series of meetings set for late October. There's another public meeting Thursday afternoon at the American Legion in Palmyra from 4 to 7 p.m.
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