Congresswoman Hartzler’s work with Ameren pays off

Posted March 13, 2014 at 10:10 am

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) is pleased that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved an AmerenUE report that effectively ends the threat of removal to structures at Lake of the Ozarks. Under Ameren’s Encroachment Report, the 215 decks, patios, gazebos, boat houses and similar structures that did not meet the new standards following the utility company’s boundary realignment will be grandfathered into the new approved boundary and will not be subject to removal.

“My staff and I have been working closely with Ameren to produce an acceptable solution to the problem that was created when FERC initially indicated approximately 4,400 privately-built structures in Ameren’s project boundary at Lake of the Ozarks would have to be removed,” said Hartzler. “After much discussion, most of the targeted structures were exempted from the removal requirement, but more than 200 structures remained at risk.”

“I am pleased to share the good news with owners of these Lake of the Ozarks properties that FERC has now backed off on its removal demand,” added Hartzler. “It took a lot of time and effort on the part of a great number of people to achieve this success. The FERC requirement caused a lot of concern among Lake-area citizens. It is comforting to know that the final chapter has now been written.”

Congresswoman Hartzler, who represents part of Camden County in the U.S. House, has been working on this matter since 2011, attempting to secure an outcome beneficial to citizens who own property in the revised Ameren boundary along the shores of Lake of the Ozarks.