CALUMET - There will be no candidates for three Calumet village positions on the Nov. 6 ballot, but village President Tony Bausano is certain the village's work will get done, and the board of trustees will be able to function.
No one applied in time to be on the ballot for village president, clerk or treasurer, but three of the current trustees, David Geisler, Doug Harrer and Stephanie Swartzendruber, are running for re-election. Tim Bies, co-owner of the Michigan House Cafe & Brew Pub, is also on the ballot for a trustee seat. Tony Bausano, Clerk Joyce Bausano, and President Pro-tem Joseph Mihal have chosen not to run for re-election. Resident Jeffrey Outinen applied in time to get on the ballot as a write-in candidate.
At their October regular meeting, Geisler was chosen by the trustees to replace Mihal as president pro-tem, and Bausano said he expects the trustees will appoint Geisler as president at their November meeting.
"They would have to appoint someone as president pro-tem (after appointing Geisler president)," he said.
If Geisler becomes president, his seat, Mihal's seat and the seat of former Trustee Paul Coon, which has been empty for about one year, will have to be filled. However, only four members are needed for a quorum.
At their November meeting, Bausano said the board will probably vote to advertise for village residents to apply for the open positions, and he expects everyone who applies and is qualified will be considered.
"I don't think we've ever turned anybody away," he said.
Village Treasurer Debbie Aubin, who is also treasurer for Calumet Township, said she chose not to run for village treasurer this time in order to give someone else a chance to run.
Since no one is on the ballot for the village treasurer position, Aubin said she would consider an appointment, if the village board of trustees asked her.
For Calumet Township positions, Clerk Beth Salmela said all the current township officials are running unopposed for re-election, including Supervisor Paul Lehto, Salmela, Aubin, and trustees Timothy Gasperich, Dona Schneiderhan, David Yeo and Robert Zander.