Mo. town where Lewis and Clark landed fights utility's plans

GLASGOW, Mo. — This little Missouri town is determined to flourish. Two restaurants, four antique shops and a bakery have opened downtown in recent years. The community along the Missouri River can boast of two bed and breakfasts, a tidy main street and some of the most historic buildings in Missouri.

So when utility giant Kansas City Power & Light came along with a plan to put eight power lines and an 189-foot tall steel tower in a popular city park not far from where explorers Lewis and Clark once landed, little Glasgow dug in its heels and said no.

"It’s gotten to be an 'us versus them' type of thing,' " said Glasgow Mayor Fred Foley. "I think it's the first time they've been up against a small, rural area like this."

The standoff is so pointed that city leaders wonder whether a recent brief loss of power in town was a threat by KCP&L. The company denied that, but said an employee's alleged comments that KCP&L turned out Glasgow's lights were of serious concern and were being investigated.

Although KCP&L has said the park is the most sensible place for the power lines, which now run across a bridge that will be torn down, company officials on Saturday visited Glasgow to meet with Foley and explore alternatives.

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