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Pipeline resolution passes county committee

Lucas Domonousky Breeze-Courier Writer

CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The Executive, Personnel, Liquor and Legislative Committee met Monday night and they discussed the CO2 pipeline, ARPA Funds and Christian County Economic Development.

Resolution (R2022 CB 011) opposing Eminent Domain for the CO2 Pipeline was recommended to the full Board.

“This pipeline is not providing anyone with electricity, this pipeline is not providing anyone with water.” Christian County Board Chairman Matt Wells said. “Forcing it through someones land that doesn’t want it is something I have no problem opposing one-hundred percent.”

Many landowners are concerned about the prospect of Navigator CO2 Ventures seeking eminent domain for this project. Christian County is requesting that the Illinois Commerce Commission formally oppose eminent domain for the Heartland Greenway CO2 Pipeline. Although Christian County cannot prevent this from happening the Illinois Commerce Commission does take into consideration the information received from counties and townships when making their decision.

The Citizens Against Heartland Greenway Pipeline formed a corporation that Bryan Sharp and the committee has heard. Sharp attended the meeting about a week or so prior to the Monday night gathering.

“So I guess that’s my ask,” Sharp said. “Citizens not go along and use this to take a stand against this project.”

He made the motion to recommend to the Board to join the corporations efforts at $500 annually pending review by States Attorney Wes Poggenpohl. The motion passed unanimously.

The Grain Belt letter for power lines in southern Christian County was recommended to the full Board for approval. Also a six- month moratorium regarding the Grain Belt Transmission Line was recommended to the Board also pending Mr. Poggenpohl’s approval.

Emergency Management Director Jeff Stoner gave his EMA updates to the committee. He informed the committee the department has received the radios, explained the success of Tailgates and Tallboys and updates regarding next years plan for the event.

County Treasurer Betty Asmussen and the committee reviewed the non-bargaining policy and discussed possible salary updates.

The next Executive, Personnel, Liquor and Legislative Committee meeting date was set for Monday, Oct. 3, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.

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