More Coal Companies Interested In City

By: Michel Mason Email
By: Michel Mason Email

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.

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  • by Rocky Location: Floyd County on Oct 22, 2008 at 11:30 AM
    I agree strip mine Wheelwright. I don't mean just the mountains, strip everything. Homes, schools, dope parlors, dope pool rooms, doped up housing projects, doped up mini-marts, theres too many cat houses to tear down, strip the doped up prison, this would make it the cleanest one acre in Floyd County.
  • by Used Work There/ Location: Not there anymore on Oct 22, 2008 at 11:23 AM
    First of all whoever gets the contract is the one who bribes the most. We all know who gets the bribes. A state maintained road that goes through Wheelwright. One side the state owns thirty feet, the other side they own fifteen feet. The road is fourteen feed wide. Most homes sit within eight feet of the road. When the coal trucks start running and damaging homes, there's only two things the residents can do! Jack and Sh*t, and Jack just left town. They are sitting on state property and cannot do anything about the damage.
  • by Don on Oct 22, 2008 at 07:41 AM
    Everybody in Wheelwright will have a blasting damage claim and make plenty of money after the lawyers take their 50%.
  • by N.W. on Oct 22, 2008 at 06:43 AM
    Hopefully this will be the start of a rebirth for Wheelwright.
  • by money man Location: martin,ky on Oct 22, 2008 at 05:19 AM
    let them mine,there is nothing up in wheelwright but the masonic lodge anyway. I will improve every outcome.
  • by Greg on Oct 22, 2008 at 04:54 AM
    o.k which ine of our local officials is getting the kick-back $$$$$???????
  • by Jimmy on Oct 22, 2008 at 04:18 AM
    Be careful Wheelwright citizens, you can bet someone has their hand in the cookie jar.


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