Ameren Transmission Company ("Ameren") has received approval from the Illinois Commerce Commission ("ICC") to go forward with its plans to construction a 150 foot wide easement across 330 miles through central Illinois, from the Mississippi, near Quincy, to Indiana, near Sugar Creek.
Ameren will soon be contacting landowners to attempt to negotiate a transmission line easement. The lawyers at Byron Carlson Petri & Kalb, LLC specialize in representing landowners in negotiating with utilities on behalf of landowners. More specifically, we specialize in representing farmers who own land impacted by a potential transmission line.
We have experience in negotiating with Ameren as well as Ameren's land agent contractor, Contract Land Staff. It is our experience that landowners have three primary goals in negotiating a transmission line easement with Ameren: (1) negotiating a favorable easement, (2) negotiating the best location for the easement on the property, and (3) negotiating a fair value for both the land and any damages that the landowner may incur. We strive to work with the landowner to meet these three goals, as well as any unique concerns the landowner may have.
The threat of a utility such as Ameren taking your property is intimidating. The attorneys at Byron Carlson Petri & Kalb will explain your rights as well as the process of negotiating with Ameren. We will explain what you can expect from the process. Just as important, we can set forth reasonable outcomes and develop a strategy to reach those outcomes. The negotiation process is a collaborative effort between the landowner and the attorney, and we will work with you throughout the process to continually discuss your goals and get your feedback on how the goals can be reached.
Please call Byron Carlson Petri & Kalb to discuss your situation with an attorney.