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Power Lines Around Ottawa Back In News

Posted by wlpo on January 4, 2010

Ameren’s plans to run nine miles of high powered transmission from Ottawa to Wedron will be brought up Tuesday morning in Springfield.

Illinois Commerce Commission Administrative Judge John Albers is holding a status hearing at 10 o’clock to address concerns he has with testimony submitted by those opposing Ameren’s planned route.  Opponents include the city of Ottawa, and groups calling themselves “Fox River Alliance” and “Friends of Fox River”.

Some opponents claimed they were told by Ameren another route was going to be picked so they were blindsided when the city agreed to go up Champlain Street along the Fox River, thru Dayton and Skydive Chicago and ending at Wedron.  The biggest concerns brought up were Ameren’s plans to tear down a swath of trees along the Fox River and interfere with Skydive Chicago.  The Skydive owner even mentioned they may close if Ameren went ahead with their power lines along his property.

The Ottawa City Council later voted to rescind its support of the Fox River route.

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