Homer candidate lets 1-vote margin stand

HOMER — A village board candidate says he does not plan to seek a recount in the race he lost this week by just one vote.

Billy Mitchell garnered 108 votes on Tuesday but lost to Kevin Knott, who ended up with 109 votes.

However, Mitchell says there will be a vacancy on the board when Ray Cunningham moves into the mayor's position. Cunningham, currently a village trustee, ran unopposed for mayor in Tuesday's election.

Mitchell says he is hoping to be appointed to Cunningham's seat.

Cunningham will be sworn in as the mayor at the board's May 11 meeting.

Current Mayor David Lucas lost his bid for a seat on the village board, and an incumbent failed to win re-election on Tuesday.

Lucas; trustees Roy Woodmansee, Knott and Larry Mingee; and residents Susan Forsyth and Billy Mitchell were up for election for three open seats on the board. Woodmansee and Knott won another term with 154 votes and 109 votes, respectively. Forsyth won a seat with 128 votes.

But Mitchell, Lucas and Mingee all missed out on a seat, receiving 108, 71 and 65 votes, respectively.

Earlier this week, the Homer Village Board voted unanimously to deny a request by Sunrise Coal for up to 540,000 gallons of non-potable water.

The move came less than a month after the same board voted 4-3 to provide treated water and sewer services to the coal company.

The Terre Haute, Ind., company wants to develop an underground coal mine in western Vermilion County, about 5 miles from Homer. Sunrise has been actively planning the coal mine for two years and has been courting the village for water services for about a year.

In February, the board rejected the request for treated water but reversed itself in March, voting to sell the mine up to 20,000 gallons of treated water and provide sewer services.

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