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      City would like to see Ameren use alternate path for electric line

      The Quincy city council unanimously voted against Ameren's primary path for a new transmission line at Monday night's city council meeting.

      A Quincy business owner even spoke out against Ameren's plans.

      "The transmission line could easily be there for a century or more so our future generations will have to contend with this location," Richard Ehrhart with Kohl Wholesale said.

      The Ameren Corporation laid out plans to build a high voltage electric transmission line across central Illinois and the proposed line would cross the Mississippi River just south of Quincy. It would run across the state all the way to Indiana.

      Currently, the Illinois Commerce Commission is accepting public comments on the project, and the City of Quincy is going on record to oppose the primary path of where the line would be located. Click here to read about the opposition.

      For the past few months, Ameren has been hosting open houses explaining plans and possible locations for a new high voltage electric transmission line.

      In the Quincy area, the primary path would be just south of the Quincy city limits on the edge of the mile and half zoning boundary the city has that surrounds the city limits.

      City planner Chuck Bevelheimer has been involved with the process of studying where the line would be located.

      "We would prefer to see the line go further south to maintain those parcels in large contiguous blocks rather then see it cut up by the transmission line," Bevelheimer said.

      The parcels of land Bevelheimer is taking about is in the South Quincy Development Area. This area is just south of Radio Road between Illinois 57 and the Mississippi River.The city said when a developer looks at land to locate their company, 40 acres is usually the standard size of a parcel. But if the transmission line goes through the area, some of those parcels could get cut in half and that has the city concerned.

      That's because the transmission line will use up 150 feet of right-a-way and that could cut some of the larger parcels of land in half.

      "Once the swath of land becomes dedicated for the transmission line, then its non usable for industrial purposes," Bevelheimer said. "It takes for example someone who has a 40 acre tract of land. That's preferable for development. And it cuts it basically in half which makes it less desirable for large projects."

      The Illinois Commerce Commission will take public comments for the next few weeks and could hand down a ruling sometime in April.

      For more information on the project, you can log onto www.icc.illinois.gov.