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City officials will be meeting with an electric cooperative to start talking about who owns and maintains a transmission line that transects Hermann.

City Attorney David Politte told the Hermann Board of Aldermen on Nov. 9 that Hermann has a relationship with the Jefferson City-based Central Electric Power Cooperative on transmission facilities such as lines and substations. One such line extends along First Street to the city's industrial park and to the Christopher Bond Bridge.

Yet Politte said questions have arisen as to who owns and maintains the line. He said the city has no manpower to repair storm damage to the line, which does not provide electric service to Hermann. In the past, wind has caused some damage to Central Electric poles, he said. Central Electric is an electric generation and transmission cooperative that delivers power to eight distribution cooperatives, including Three Rivers that serves other parts of Gasconade County.

"It doesn't benefit the city at all," said Hermann City Administrator Mark Wallace of the transmission line.

Politte told the board he has researched the agreements between Hermann and the cooperative that date back to 1991. The line had to be rerouted due to construction of the new Missouri River bridge. He said his review thus far has shown that Central may have the right to require that the city pay for any maintenance to the line. He said negotiations are needed to establish its ownership.

The board was told a conversation will commence between both sides to reach an agreement concerning the line.