At last week’s Calumet City Council meeting, Tim Zaren started the meeting at 4 p.m. All council members were present and Mayor John Tuorila participated via live feed from the state of Florida.
Zaren reported from the Western Mesabi Mine Planning Board meeting where the Minnesota Department of Transportation presented on the Cross Range Expressway expansion.
MnDOT issued a fact sheet on this project to release the following information:
MnDOT plans to begin phase one of construction on Hwy. 169 east of Taconite on July 11 of this year. However, the current traffic route will not be disrupted until 2017 when the new four-lane will be connected to the existing grade at one-third of a mile east of Scenic 7.
The project will cost approximately $8.5 million dollars to complete. Construction of the expressway in the area of Taconite is problematic from the aspect of additional work needed. Crews will have to excavate muck to a depth of 36 feet and back fill in order to achieve a suitable base structure. One other challenge for MnDOT was the need to acquire at least 30 parcels of land for the 1.5 miles of expressway.
Zaren also reported from the Greenway Fire and Rescue board meeting, the fact that the city of Calumet will now pay a flat rate of $8,500 per quarter for fire and rescue. The cities of Marble, Calumet and Greenway Township have a joint powers agreement for emergency services.
Councilors voted to upgrade the city’s 500 foot radio tower during its annual inspection. Safety climb cables and related hardware will be added to the structure this year and the tower beacon light will be replaced plus other required maintenance for $7,400.
In other business, the council:
• Accepted the consent agenda and the minutes of the last meeting.
• Accepted the bills receipts and disbursements for February.
• Renewed the land lease of 5.2 acres at the depot building to the DNR for the Hill Annex Mine State Park.
• Agreed to buy heavy 10-ply tires for the city truck at a cost of $900.
• Passed a motion to relocate the roof drain on the city hall for $3,725 to reduce the volume going into the sanitary sewer.
• Received a good financial report from the Cemetery Board.
• Authorized having the old fire hall appraised.
• Agreed to do preventative maintenance on the city’s three lift stations.
• Received a MN Dept. of Health grant for petroleum storage tank removal.
• Donated $100 to the Greenway High School Close Up trip to Washington D.C.
• Discussed the possibility of taking legal action to resolve blight complaints in town.