Homer delays vote on contract with coal mine

Homer delays vote on contract with coal mine

HOMER — Village board members will not be voting on a water and sewer agreement with Sunrise Coal tonight, according to Mayor David Lucas.

The special meeting was canceled because work on the contract had not been completed in time to provide adequate opportunity for review by board members and the public, Lucas said in an email.

He said that if a mutually agreeable meeting date can be selected once the contract is ready, the village will call a special meeting, otherwise, the contract will be considered at the village board’s regular board meeting on Feb. 11.

Sunrise Coal in Terre Haute, Ind., has asked Homer to provide its proposed Bulldog coal mine in Vermilion County with treated water and sewer services, and the two have been working the last several months on an agreement. The coal mine has also asked Homer to provide it with hundreds of thousands of gallons per day of raw water, but the village has not yet considered that request.

Lucas said Friday that there are still some language issues that need to be worked out with the treated water and sewer agreement. At the last meeting earlier this month, the village board had agreed to make the final draft of the proposed agreement available to all the village board members and the public and give them time to review the document before the board takes a vote.