CALUMET - The Calumet Village Council selected a third-party administrator for two rental rehabilitation projects in the village during its regular meeting Thursday.
Trustees chose the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region to administer the $365,000 Michigan State Housing Development Authority grant for eight apartments in the Auto Value building and seven apartments in the Newman Appliance building, both on Sixth Street. The company will be paid $65,800 to be the administrator of the grant.
Council members also selected U.P. Engineers & Architects to do lead assessment in the buildings for $340 per unit, and $260 per unit for removal.
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During their regular meeting Thursday, the Calumet Village Council chose a third-party administrator for two rental rehabilitation projects in the village.
Trustee Dave Geisler, who was on the committee which evaluated the proposals for the third-party administrator, said WUPPDR's and UPE&A's stood out.
"We concluded the proposals from U.P. Engineers and WUPPDR were the best," he said. "We spent a lot of time discussing them."
Also submitting a proposal was Northern Consultants, who were MSHDA grant administrators for the village for past projects.
Kim Stoker, executive director of WUPPDR, said the company was asked by MSHDA officials to submit a proposal to be third-party grant administrator.
"We've been doing housing projects for 30 years," he said.
Village President Tony Bausano thanked WUPPDR and Northern Consultants for making the proposals, and said there will be other projects in the village.
"We ask everybody to come back in the future," he said.
Trustee Jonathan Pressel said the board of directors of the Calumet Theatre is planning to change its bylaws, and expects to eliminate the liaison between the board and the village council.
Pressel said he isn't certain why board members want to eliminate the liaison position.
"They felt it was not necessary," he said.
However, Pressel said he, or anyone can ask to be considered to be on the theater board.
Trustees also discussed some unauthorized expenditures at the Department of Public Works. It will be emphasized to DPW workers any expenditures more than $500 must be approved by the village council.
Trustees voted to set the first two Mondays in May as spring cleanup days.