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CEDAR LAKE | The Town Council has postponed a vote on the South Shore extension financing until next month.

The Cedar Lake council decided to defer its vote because Councilman Robert Carnahan could not attend Tuesday’s meeting.

Council President Randy Niemeyer said the council also would also like to review the interlocal agreement associated with the extension before making a final decision.

“I hope we have the information and all seven members here” next month, he said. The Town Council’s next scheduled business meeting is May 20.

The council has expressed mixed feelings about the South Shore extension. The community itself is split on the project, council members have said.

Some believe the money would be better spent on town infrastructure, and that Cedar Lake may invest in the extension but never directly benefit from it.

Cedar Lake has been approached, along with other Lake County communities, for local match money so a South Shore extension can be built from Hammond to Main Street in Dyer.

U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, has been looking for $8 million in local money. So far, Munster, Whiting, Hobart, Highland, Hammond and Dyer have signed on.

He is asking Cedar Lake and others to commit up to one-third of their share of the new county economic development income tax toward the project.

The first Dyer-Hammond train could be up and running in nine years. The train eventually could run to Cedar Lake and Lowell , but there are no guarantees, local officials have been told.

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Regional News Editor