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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Jackson County Commission - Combined Session July 8, 2013

Monday was a joint work session and regular session of the Jackson County Commission. During the work session representatives from Spectra Energy made a presentation regarding the proposed gas line which will go through the Northeast corner of Jackson County.
Spectra Energy's Renaissance Project
Spectra Energy representatives have mentioned an estimated completion date of May 2017 for the 22 mile gas line through Jackson County on its way to the Atlanta, Ga. area. Line Right of Ways (ROWs) will follow existing ROWs where possible. Local property owners, where a right of way could cross their property, should expect letters as soon as the end of this month. It was stated Spectra Energy is committed to safety and has one of the strongest safety records in the nation. 
A major gas pipeline through Jackson County opens the possibility of significant large industry, which requires natural gas, to open business in Jackson County. Significant industry means significant jobs.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) process is underway. The FERC will have to  approve the project before construction begins.
The regular session was very short, the only item concerning the purchase of vehicles for Public Works was tabled due to an error in the resolution. The item will be brought forward in the next regular session.
During the reports segment District 3 Commissioner Dennis Miller mentioned that the next Community Work Session of the Commission will be held at the Dutton Town Hall on July 30, 2013 at 6PM.

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