At last week’s Calumet City Council meeting, Mayor Pro Tem Tim Zaren gave the council a briefing on the Western Mesabi Mine Planning Board meeting and Mayor John Tuorila participated remotely via a Skype connection.
Zaren reported that funding for the Hill Annex State Park was moved to a lower priority in favor of the Highway 169 improvement between Taconite and east of Calumet as well as the captive rail initiative.
Industries in Cohasset and Grand Rapids are pushing to establish a rail line from Holman Junction, which would connect with the line near Cohasset. With this connection, the so called captive shippers in Southern Itasca County would have access to the main line of the Canadian National Railway. A captive shipper is a company with no choice of railroad thereby creating a virtual monopoly for the railroad.
City Clerk April Serich reported that the library is having a Love Your Library fundraiser with one event being a tea party scheduled for April 16. A representative from the street department reported two water main leaks and another one on a circulation pump.
In other business, the council:
• Approved bills, receipts and disbursements as presented.
• Approved the minutes of the Jan. 19 meeting.
• Authorized payment of $350 in membership fees to the WMMPB.
• Approved paying Casper Construction $3,984.61 for water main repair.
• Voted to approve a $250 donation to First Call for Help.
• Discussed the tower lease agreement.
• Passed a resolution to apply for a Home Depot grant for playground improvements.