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Calumet OKs stabilization project

March 21, 2012
By KURT HAUGLIE - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

CALUMET - The former Paine Webber building on Fifth Street in Calumet should soon have a new roof and floor after action taken Tuesday by the Calumet Village Council.

Village Engineer Eric Waara, of U.P. Engineers & Architects, said the effort to stabilize the building constructed by the stock brokerage company during the copper mining era will be a partnership with the village Downtown Development Authority, the National Park Service and Main Street Calumet.

Waara said NPS employees will do some of the construction work.

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The Calumet Village Council Tuesday during its regular meeting discussed supporting an effort to stabilize the former Paine Webber building on Fifth Street in the village. The roof and first floor of the building collapsed several years ago.

"The park service is going to use some of their folks, but there's some work that is beyond their scope," he said.

Waara said UPEA will make the plans and specifications for the building. The building needs significant engineering, so the DDA will provide some money for that.

The building was examined several years ago after the roof and first floor collapsed, Waara said, but no stabilization work could be done then.

Tom Tikkanen, executive director of Main Street Calumet, said he thinks the Paine Webber building project will be good for the village.

"This is an example of what can be accomplished when the DDA or the municipality gets involved," he said.

Village President Tony Bausano said the project won't be a complete rehabilitation, but the stabilization will allow someone to set up a business in it. Trustees voted unanimously to approve the DDA contract plans for the project.

The council discussed establishing a fee for use of Agassiz Park by large groups or organizations. Bausano said when large groups use the park, there is an increase in costs to the village for water, electricity and supplies in the park pavilion.

"This (fee) is actually for people who are going to be setting up for an event," he said. "I'm just trying to cover (the cost of) our water."

Bausano said he thinks any group who uses the park can afford $50 a day. The council voted unanimously to establish a $50-a-day fee with no security deposit for use of Agassiz Park by large groups and organizations who use the pavilion.

In other business, council members:

accepted the resignation of council member Paul Coons contingent upon receiving a letter of resignation.

approved moving the regular April meeting from April 17 to April 19 at 7 p.m.

approved the police union contract.

agreed to hire for $300 a village resident to use his small tractor with a brush to sweep road sand from sidewalks on some of the village streets.

heard from village Comptroller Sue Dana a Michigan State Housing Development Authority rental rehabilitation grant was approved for two buildings containing 15 apartments. The council also approved a Request for Proposals for a third-party administrator for the projects.



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