At the Nov. 21 Calumet City Council meeting, the Hill Annex Mine State Park transition was discussed. The state of Minnesota lawmakers have voted to set the deadline for state funding for the state park to be on June 30, 2019. The legislature has also directed five public entities to work as partners in order to devise an alternate business model to operate the park after June 2019.
The five partners include the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the IRRRB, Itasca County, Western Mine Planning Board and the City of Calumet. The partners have established a work group and they are asking for public input and participation.
Counselor Dan Strand gave an update on the Greenway Joint Rec. Association where the new scoreboard at the arena has been installed and paid for by Southeast Directional Drilling. The cost of the new scoreboard was $13,000. Pee Wee A and B squads will have their tournament Dec. 1-3. Basketball has started and 150 kids are signed-up for figure skating.
Public Works Director Dogger Serich reported malfunctioning street lights that might have a defective capacitor. The lights don’t turn on and off in unison indicating a possible glitch in the photo cell control system. Serich reported five security cameras are now set up and running at City Hall, the Depot and the tower.
Librarian Melanie Lefebvre said Santa Claus is scheduled to make an appearance at the Calumet Public Library on Dec. 4 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Other library events for December include Legends of the Wilderness on the 6th at 10:30 am, Election day on the 12th, Christmas Potluck on the 14th at 12:30, Movie on the 27th at 2 p.m. and Bingo on the 28th at 2 p.m.
In other business, the council:
• Voted to raise the late fee for utilities from $7 to $15 starting in January 2018.
• Scheduled a public hearing for Tuesday, Dec. 19.
• Voted to grant a liquor license to the Old Calumet Saloon.
• Expressed the need for a temporary street worker with a Class B driver’s license and an air brake endorsement.
• Decided to disallow the Collaboration Facilitation Participation contribution for $300.
• Reported that it will take from $120 to $150 million to complete the last seven miles of the Cross Range Expressway from Scenic Highway 7 to Pengilly.
• Will be on the lookout for unlicensed cars and trucks within the city limits.