URBANA — Local officials have some good news to report on two garbage-related fronts after tallies from 2012 were finalized this week.
HOMER -- In a straw poll vote Monday night, six Homer village board members were split on a proposed water contract with Sunrise Coal company.
Illinois has an abundance of coal that underlies more than 60 percent of the state, basically the lower two-thirds of Illinois, in what's known as the Illinois Coal Basin.
HOMER — Susan Forsyth has had a "Stand Up to Coal" sign in her front yard since the "issue" first began several months ago.
The issue is Sunrise Coal's request that the village of Homer supply the company's proposed Bulldog coal mine in Vermilion County with treated water and sewer services and a second request for raw water to be used in the actual mining of coal.
The proposed Bulldog coal mine needs up to 20,000 gallons a day of treated water for drinking and other purposes, including shower houses where coal miners, per regulations, clean up at the end of their shift. Sunrise's Indiana mine uses on average 13,000 gallons a day of treated water.
MURDOCK — In the late 1980s, Zala Swigart worked at the Murdock coal mine, weighing the trucks hauling coal out of the underground operation that's less than a mile from where she lives.
Now, Swigart, 67, watches trucks hauling material into the former Douglas County mine even though it's more than 20 years since it operated as a coal mine.
HOMER — Discussions over Sunrise Coal's request for treated water from the village of Homer hit a snag Thursday night over who will own the approximately five miles of water and sewer lines between the proposed mine site and the village limits.
CHAMPAIGN — At the two-year anniversary of the city-run recycling program, officials say residents are filling the blue recycling toters outside of apartment complexes and condominiums at increasing rates, but the numbers still have a way to go before reaching their goals.
HOMER — The Homer Village Board's water committee is scheduled to meet Thursday night in hopes of finalizing details of an agreement with Sunrise Coal for treated water and sewer services only, but not raw water.