Several residents and landowners in Todd County received another letter over the weekend regarding a proposed City of Clarksville project that would include running a new gas line from north Todd to Montgomery County.
Clarksville's main purpose in the project would be to backup its current natural gas system, but Todd County officials want to be sure it's also beneficial to residents and businesses there. County Attorney Mac Johns says its still very early in the process and a lot of unknowns remain.
Johns and Todd Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield want the gas to be distributed in Todd County by a local agency, which would hopefully have the best interest of the community in mind. The new line could help spur industrial growth in portions of south Todd where there is already quick access to the railroad, Interstate 24 and major TVA electric lines—but no access to natural gas at wholesale costs.
Johns says even if there was no industrial growth, the new line could help farmers with drying grain and irrigation motors.
More than anything, Judge Greenfield and Johns have stressed the importance of having a seat at the table in the project to be sure the outcome is beneficial for Todd County. Guthrie currently purchases natural gas from Clarksville and a new provider in Todd County could eventually mean lower prices there and new access to residents in rural areas who currently have none.
Judge Greenfield says he's received several phone calls from landowners who received the most recent letter and many of them are concerned about what impact the project could have. The judge says he doesn't want to be against the line going through Todd County—he just doesn't want an arrangement that doesn't serve its residents well.