Meeting on sale of water to mine set for Aug. 2

Meeting on sale of water to mine set for Aug. 2

GEORGETOWN — City officials are hosting an informational meeting on the sale of water to a proposed coal mine at 6 p.m. Aug. 2 in the Mary Miller Junior High School cafeteria.

Alderman Carl Johnson said that Georgetown City Council members decided to host the meeting because audience members have been asking for an opportunity to learn more details about the council's plan.

"We heard what people are saying, and we want to try to give them what they want," Johnson said.

Georgetown City Council members voted unanimously June 17 to sell up to 500,000 gallons of water a day to a new Sunrise Coal mine, which will be built near Homer, a village almost 20 miles away from Georgetown.

Audience members at council meetings have asked about the capacity of the aquifer near Cayuga, Ind., where Georgetown draws its drinking water, and about the process for getting water from Georgetown to the proposed mine.

Johnson said that speakers at the informational meeting would include one of the |city engineers, representatives from Sunrise Coal, LLC of Terre Haute, Ind., and some present and former city officials.

Robert Kohlhase, an engineering manager with the city engineers, The Farnsworth Group of Peoria, is scheduled to talk, as are Suzanne Jaworoski, Sunrise Coal's communications director, and Jamalyn Sarver, one of its property managers.

Tony Ellis, the city's streets and alleys superintendent, and Ed Shirley, the city's former water and sewer superintendent, are scheduled to talk, as are former mayors Dennis Lucas and Darrell Acord.

Current Mayor Kay Sanders will make some comments and will also close the meeting.

Johnson said he would serve as moderator. Audience members can submit questions in writing before the start of the meeting, and one of the mayor's daughters, La-Zann Quintana, will sort through them and ask them to the appropriate speaker.

Johnson said the purpose of the meeting is to provide information about the city's plan to sell water to the mine.

He said he hopes to avoid repetitive questions or debates at the meeting.

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