3 months, 1 week ago From Farm Bureau
Meeting scheduled for next Wednesday in Winchester
A recent Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) ruling approved most of electric utility Ameren's proposal to build high-voltage electric transmission towers and lines across nearly 20 Illinois counties, from Missouri on the west to Indiana on the east including Pike and Scott counties.
Illinois Farm Bureau attorney Laura Harmon says the Farm Bureau reviewed a copy of the Ameren easement and has concerns about the terms, the ability to protect farmers' interests, and to provide adequate compensation.
A meeting will be held in the Nimrod Funk Building on the Scott County Fairgrounds, Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. for landowners to meet with Springfield attorney Ed McNamara to discuss further options available to landowners.
In a letter mailed to Farm Bureau members impacted in Pike and Scott counties, the organizations reminded members that they need to secure legal counsel before they begin dealing with AMEREN Transmission on their purchase of easements or access to property for surveying purposes.
Farm Bureau also recommends that members work with an attorney as a group and select an attorney that is proficient in negotiating with the utility.