The Calumet City Council opted to raise the hourly wage to $9/hour for librarian substitutes at its regular meeting last week. It was the first wage hike since 2008. The decision stemmed from a request by the Library Board to raise the hourly rate for substitute help.
The council also discussed a number of other items of business:
• Four bids were received for the 3rd/4th Avenue water main project. The low bid was from Casper Construction in the amount of $268,400. Acceptance of the bid was tabled until more solid assurances of funding to pay for the project were in hand.
• Inspections of rental properties in the city will be completed by month’s end. Several inspections could not be completed because of snow cover.
• The city will be in conciliation court on April 25 concerning the payment of a survey done on city property in the vicinity of the city garage.
• The Arrowhead Regional Development Commission will be contacted concerning an update to the city’s comprehensive plan.
• After considerable cost to the city this past winter for frozen pipes, the council will amend the current ordinance regarding responsibility for the repair/thawing of the pipes. Language in the current ordinance does not clearly define when and where the city’s responsibility ends and that of the resident begins.
• Several examples of residential rubbish accumulation on city streets were noted now that the snow is melting. Solutions to the recurring issue are currently being sought.
• An update on the status of Hill Annex Mine State Park revealed the park will remain open much as it was last season: Fridays and Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.