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Kirksville Council grants transmission easements to ATXI

During a meeting Monday night, council voted to grant permanent transmission easements to Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois (KTVO File)

Construction on what was once a highly debated transmission line project in northeast Missouri could begin in just a few weeks.

Monday, the City of Kirksville was asked to do its part to help the project move forward.

During a regular session meeting, council voted to grant permanent transmission easements to Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois (ATXI).

The approval came with a unanimous vote.

ATXI had previously requested the city grant easements across all city lands to be crossed by the Mark Twain Transmission Project.

The utility says the easements are necessary in order to enter the property to conduct environmental testing and collect soil samples.

ATXI has also agreed to pay for any damages to property that may occur as part of that work.

According to the city, land included in the easements uses existing routes currently in place and used by Ameren.

City staffers say the line travels across two parcels of land owned by the city - the Water Treatment Plant and Hazel Creek Lake.

In exchange for the easements on a total of 8 tracts, ATXI will compensate the city a one time payment of $43,840.

That money will be put into the city's utility fund.

When complete, the Mark Twain Transmission Project will be approximately 100 miles and run through Adair, Schuyler, Knox, Marion and Lewis counties.

In addition, a new substation, called Zachary, will be constructed in Adair County.

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