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Adair County, other county commissions band together to preserve Missouri statute

Adair County Commissioner Mark Thompson says the idea is to protect Missouri revised statute 229.100. (KTVO/File)

County commissioners in the state of Missouri are banding together to preserve a state statute.

At the end of November, the Missouri Association of Counties Annual Conference was held in Osage Beach.

There, commissioners met in a joint meeting with other elected officials.

Adair County Commissioner Mark Thompson says the idea is to protect Missouri revised statute 229.100.

The measure ensures utility companies cannot begin installing poles for electric lights, power lines or other utilities without county assent.

According to language provided by the commission, the statute "has not known any challenges or objections until the Clean Line Energy Partners of Houston and Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois voiced displeasure."

Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois did not initially seek county permission when wanting to move forward with the Mark Twain Transmission Project in northeast Missouri.

Thompson says this measure gives commissions the authority to "manage all county business as prescribed by law," which includes the decision to grant or deny assent.

"What that means, county commissioners are allowed to determine whether or not we have authority for electric companies [and] utilities to come across public lands."

Thompson adds that the County Commissioners Association of Missouri went on the record to seek the General Assembly's support for the preservation of the statute.

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