Eldon Residents Concerned Over Potential Railroad Sale

1 year 11 months 4 weeks ago July 01, 2014 Jul 1, 2014 Tuesday, July 01 2014 Tuesday, July 01, 2014 3:15:00 PM CDT in News
By: Creighton Hayes, KOMU 8 Reporter

ELDON- Missouri Rock Island Trail Incorporated (MORIT), a group comprised of local communities along the unused portion of Ameren's Missouri Central Railroad, is making a bid to purchase a 145 mile portion of the line from the energy provider. 

According to Matt Davis, a board member from Eldon, Ameren blocked the group from accessing important documents in order to prevent them from making a bid. However, Ameren opened bidding to MORIT on June 30. 

"MORIT is convinced that keeping the Rock Island intact for public purposes is in the best interest of Ameren ratepayers," the group said in a statement. "The best way to accomplish this end is to allow MORIT to make a proposal, and to evaluate it fairly."

To allow MORIT more time to review purchasing documents, Ameren extended the deadline for groups to submit bids from July 15 to July 31. 

The group is trying to purchase the corridor an build a trail over current railroad path, after the metal and decaying railroad ties are removed. 

The abandoned railroad has become an eye sore and potential hazard for many of the communities it travels through.

"For the past two or three years our community has been working along with other communities along the Rock Island Railroad to clean up our properties," Davis said.

Davis also said Eldon community members cleaned up more than 100 city dump truck loads of trash from the 3.3 mile stretch of railroad which runs through Eldon.

Ameren did give area communities permission to build trails along side the existing railroad, but the idea was not feasible. 

"Within the last month we [MORIT] found out Ameren is actually selling the property," Davis said. "Our group didn't know anything about it."

Davis said members of MORIT are worried Ameren has been working with a Utah based scrapping company and if they win the bid it might hurt their local communities.  

"Our concern is that the salvage company will just pull up the railroad, sell it, make as much money off the steel as they can and leave our communities," Davis said.

Davis acknowledge Ameren has the right to make as much money as possible, but he expressed hope they would take a lower dollar amount if it meant additional trails and parks throughout Missouri.

"How great would it be if we could connect the Rock Island Trial with the Katy Trail and make it just one of the best trails in the state of Missouri," Davis said. 

A 2011 report from Missouri State Parks said the Katy Trail brought in more than $18 million during the fiscal year. 

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - The Missouri State Highway Patrol discussed homegrown violent extremists Tuesday. A homegrown violent extremist is a person... More >>
1 hour ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 4:02:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Jay Nixon held a press conference Tuesday addressing recent legislative actions, including gun laws and abortion.... More >>
1 hour ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 3:58:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City man who tried unsuccessfully to firebomb an office of U.S. Rep. Emanuel... More >>
1 hour ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 3:51:00 PM CDT in News
FULTON - Westminster College's course listing will expand in the fall, when it begins to offer a new sports and... More >>
1 hour ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 3:38:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – A panel of experts said new codes on planning and zoning will drastically change what can be built... More >>
1 hour ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 3:30:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon has signed a bill that requires every student in Missouri public schools to... More >>
2 hours ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 3:04:08 PM CDT in News
LIBERTY (AP) — A Kansas man is charged with stealing a shuttle van at an airport and then trying to... More >>
2 hours ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 3:01:39 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court has thrown out a $7.5 million judgment to a former St. Louis... More >>
2 hours ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 2:57:43 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – The Columbia Fire Department has responded to multiple false alarms since Sunday, as residents in southwest Columbia see... More >>
3 hours ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 2:14:00 PM CDT in News
PINE LAWN (AP) — An audit released Tuesday by Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway gives the St. Louis County town of... More >>
3 hours ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 2:06:12 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A Columbia business owner pleaded guilty in federal court today to distributing synthetic marijuana, according to a... More >>
3 hours ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 1:58:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lawsuits alleging that Emporia State University discriminated against two minority assistant professors are continuing in... More >>
6 hours ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 11:19:00 AM CDT in News
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — A St. Charles man is a step closer to being able to build a home... More >>
6 hours ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 10:52:15 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri appeals court says a liberal activist group has no right to video-record state... More >>
6 hours ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 10:29:13 AM CDT in News
CREVE COEUR, Mo. (AP) — Many cities and counties have banned smoking indoors, but the St. Louis suburb of Creve... More >>
9 hours ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 7:48:20 AM CDT in News
COOL VALLEY, Mo. (AP) — Police in north St. Louis County are searching for a woman who attacked a light... More >>
9 hours ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 7:43:13 AM CDT in News
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say two teenagers have died in a crash near Kansas City. The Kansas... More >>
10 hours ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 7:16:00 AM CDT in News
KINLOCH, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say an officer in suburban St. Louis has shot and wounded a suspect while responding... More >>
11 hours ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 6:26:10 AM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 83°
6pm 84°
7pm 83°
8pm 80°
9pm 76°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

5:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 5
5:30p
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
6:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 6
5:00p
American Dad!
5:30p
American Dad!
6:00p
Family Guy

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
2016 U.S. Summer Olympic Trials
8:00p
America's Got Talent
7:00p
The Flash
8:00p
Containment
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld