Several coal companies now have their sights set on the coal in one city that was once a booming coal mining town more than 50 years ago.
Wheelwright City Officials gave the interested companies until November 14th to submit their proposals at commission meeting Tuesday night. The companies want to surface mine about 29 acres owned by the city and another 52 acres of private property.
Earlier this month, only two companies were interested, but now that number has grown to seven. It would take about two to three years to remove the coal that's in Wheelwright. The mayor expects the mining to bring in almost 30 jobs. He says it will give the city a great financial boost, but says some of his citizens are concerned about the traffic it will create.
"They're concerned about the welfare of their families. How the coal companies are going to haul the coal out and you know this area is a dead end area and it's going to be a lot on the road," said Mayor Sammons.
Once mining is finished, Mayor Sammons hopes to use the cleared land for ballfields or new businesses.
The mayor says the city will decide which coal company to go with by mid-to-late November.