By Beth Bily
The soon-to-be-vacated Calumet fire hall may provide a new home for a local business.
Dan Bergerson, CEO of Midwest Safety Consulting, approached the Calumet City Council at its meeting last week about moving his business to the city’s fire department facilities after firefighters here relocate to a new combined fire hall on Highway 169.
Bergerson said he was interested in leasing the building for one year with an option to buy.
“We’re ready to go, we need a home. I’m champing at the bit to open a training center,” Bergerson told the council, adding that he also was willing to cost share safety training with the fire department.
The company provides a variety of safety training courses, primarily aimed at the industrial and construction sectors. The company now has a business office in Grand Rapids. It also previously had a training center located in Nashwauk, which is no longer in use.
Midwest Safety Consulting employs about 30 persons. In a telephone interview with the newspaper, Bergerson said he hopes to be in the new location by Sept. 1 and plans both a business office and training center headquarters at the Calumet location.
At last week’s meeting, the council verbally agreed to a one-year lease at $1,000/month plus utilities. Midwest Safety Consulting would provide insurance as required by the city. The council also passed a motion directing its attorney to draw up lease documents, subject to final approval by both the city and the company. The lease agreement would contain a first right option to buy after the term of the lease expires.
In other business, the council:
• Approved the minutes of the July 15 regular council meeting.
• Passed a motion to have the Village Hall Council Chambers and library carpeting professionally cleaned, at a maximum cost of $400. The cost will be divided between the city and library board.
• Approved payment to Casper Construction in the amount of $133,458.69 for construction on the Third and Fourth avenues projects once funding is available.
• Listened to a representative from Rapid Rooter, who updated the council on services provided by his company.