Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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April 17, 2014

Easements still sought for project

After an approval for work on a 21-mile water transmission line between Teutopolis and Newton at a meeting earlier this month, progress continued to trickle in at Wednesday night's Teutopolis Village Board meeting.

The Village Board heard from Connor and Connor Consulting Engineer Shannon Woodard that nine remaining land easements are being sought for the project. Woodard said he has obtained several easements since the last meeting with the assistance of personnel from Followell Construction, who are laying the pipe for the project.

Although the project can continue without the remaining easements by using right-of-way and township property, Woodard said it would be preferable to obtain access from property owners.

Several members of the board said they would assist in contacting those in the community that own property along the water line route between Teutopolis and Newton but said some property owners have concerns about digging water lines on their land.

“The Village of Teutopolis is going to do everything they can to keep everyone happy,” said Dave Tegeler, adding that minimal damage will be done to the property.

Woodard informed the board that Followell Construction is planning to wait until farmers have got their crops into the fields before they would begin work on the project.

“They don't want to get in anyone's way,” he said.

Members of the board have touted the construction of the water line, which gives Teutopolis the ability to obtain 360,000 gallons of water a day from Newton. The line is needed due to the possibility of wells running dry in decades to come in Teutopolis and insecurity in obtaining water from other sources.

Land owners are being offered 50 cents per square foot compensation for the easement. Board members wanted to reassure those who might grant an easement that the creation of the water line is for the future good of the community.

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