Grain Belt Line Gets Support From Randolph Comissioners

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COLUMBIA - Randolph County commissioners reaffirmed their support of the Grain Belt Express Clean Line during a meeting with the public this week.

Residents voiced their concerns about the $2 billion energy project.

Commissioner Wayne Wilcox represents the Eastern District. He urged residents to sign a letter of support for the project.

The 750 mile line would go from Kansas to Indiana and provide power to 12 other states.

Some residents in Randolph County are concerned about the use of eminent domain to take their land.

Randolph County Assessor, Richard Tregnago, met with Clean Line representative Mark Lawlor to discuss the line. 

Tregnago said the line could add a lot of infrastructure as well as be a cash source for the county. 

"It could mean over $700,000 in property tax revenue to the varying tax districts in the county, which over a 10 year period is over $7 million dollars that the taxing districts will receive," Tregnago said. "Besides creating some jobs temporarily, the economic development impact could be that it could be a source of electricity in the future."

Several Missouri companies would be contracted to build the line including Hubbell Power Systems in Centralia, General Cable in Sedalia, ABB in Jefferson City and St. Louis as well as Noranda in New Madrid.