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Budget shortfall, new museum discussed in Houghton Twp.

November 20, 2012
By SCOTT VIAU - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

EAGLE HARBOR - Houghton Township officials discussed budget concerns at the township board's regular meeting Monday night.

According to the budget presented, it was estimated that $51,675 in revenue is expected to be brought in, although as of Oct. 15, 2012, only $16,647.34 has been received. The total expenses incurred by the township as of Oct. 15 currently stands at $42,561.25.

"We're expecting a lot of that money to come in through taxes over the following months," said Township Clerk Carol Jones.

The end of the fiscal year for Houghton Township is March 31.

The continued building of a museum on the second floor of the Houghton Township Hall was also discussed.

Mel Jones from the Keweenaw County Historical Society provided details on what more could be done before the exhibit opens.

"We're looking into some other possibilities on a piano as far as getting it restored," he said.

The piano and other parts of the exhibit help tell the story of Eagle River, Crestview and the Cliff Mining Area from the 19th century.

"It looks good," said Township Supervisor Jim Vivian on what's been erected so far.

The township also reviewed the rental agreement between Houghton Township and the Keweenaw County Historical Society. The terms of the agreement allow the KCHS to rent the second floor of the Houghton Township Hall as an exhibit gallery for the price of $1 per year.

"I believe this is as fair as fair can be," Vivian said.

Vivian made a motion to present the document to the KCHS for its review and approval. The museum is set to open in the summer of 2013.

In addition to swearing in the winners of the Nov. 6 election, board members also discussed the recent general election.

"It's getting to be a lot of work and expense," Vivian said.

Carol Jones said she estimated the election cost the township more than $1,000.



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