At last week’s Calumet City Council meeting, guest Richard Willis thanked the city for its support of the Veterans Memorial that will be erected at Lakeview Cemetery. Willis raised $12,000 for the memorial. Materials for the memorial have been ordered and will be installed following Memorial Day weekend. Any left over funds will go toward the annual purchase of new flags.
Other items of business addressed by the council included:
• City Clerk Dalyce Mackey reported there have been no utility shutoffs during the past month and everyone is paid in full or making payments.
• Mayor John Tuorila reported he had recently heard from Minnesota Sen. David Tomassoni that the legislature has awarded the city $191,000 for the water main project on Third and Fourth Avenues. The city had already received $150,000 from Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board for the project. Upon recommendation of City Engineer Lorne Wikstrom, the bid was awarded to Casper Construction for $268,400; the low bid. The grants, in combination, will cover all the projected costs of the project.
• Stan Grunenwald, home inspector, has completed inspections left for the spring snow melt. The necessary reports are forthcoming.
• Permission has been secured from Arrowhead Regional Development Commission to update the city’s comprehensive plan in concert with the city of Marble. The two cities will be charged $8,000 for the update, mandated by IRRRB to be eligible for grant funding. One half of the cost will be paid by IRRRB.
• The depot, by the State Park, has no renter for this coming summer.
• The issue of Sheriff Department patrols in and around Marble and Calumet during the summer months became contentious and was unresolved. Marble is considering the patrols and was meeting with Sheriff Vic Williams.
The next regular meeting of the council will take place June 17 at 4 p.m.