By: Katie Bily
At last week’s meeting of the Calumet City Council, officials approved a lease with Care Cab, a service, which offers rides to people with disabilities and the elderly. Owner Bruce Tholen approached the council about the lease. The execution of the lease is contingent upon the firm paying rent, insurance, and paying the bills. The council wished Tholen the best of luck with his new venture.
Engineer Lorne Wikstrom of TKDA spoke to officials about the Mesaba Ave. project. The council approved a change order in the amount of $11,280.00 and approved payment No. 1 to Bougalis for $49,799.00.
The council also discussed the status of Hill Annex State Park. The Minnesota DNR is concerned about rising water levels here. It is not cost effective to pump the water so it stays at its correct level. The council also noted that signage displaying park hours would be helpful. Numerous local residents have reported that people come to their homes daily and ask when the parks hours are.
In other business, the council:
• Discussed the tree stump removal on highway 169, which has been completed.
• The council has received seven cleaning services applications but has yet to make a decision on a hire. Two council members are going to narrow down the cleaning applications down to two applicants. One applicant would be the primary cleaner while the other would be the substitute.
• Listened as Ginner Roberts Williams asked about using the Depot Building for opening a gift shop. Williams would have to clean the gift shop and pay all the bills. The issue was tabled until next year because the gift shop can only be used during the summer.
• Discussed merging the city’s long-term disability and life insurance with other local entities. No action was taken on this issue, however, combining policies with other small cities/townships could potentially save the city $90 per month.
• Approved expanding the cement slab by the Depot for pickle ball, contingent upon the approval of the DNR.
• Approved a $367 donation for 2017 to the Itasca County Historical Society. The city approved a similar donation last year.