Elm Street project prep continuing

Daily Mining Gazette file photo This Jan. 31 photo is a view west from Fourth Street along Elm Street, five blocks of which are scheduled for sewer, water, sanitary, and sewage line replacement, along with repaving.

CALUMET — As springtime nears, municipalities start looking to summer projects, and Calumet is no exception, as it considers its upcoming Elm Street Project.

Village Council President Dave Geisler said bids are going out this week and are due back by May 15 and will be opened in the council chamber.

“It is anticipated that the council will approve the winning bid at the May 21 council meeting,” he said.

In January, the village was approved for a grant through the Infrastructure Capacity Assistance (ICA) Program to repair portions of the village’s infrastructure, as identified in the village’s Capital Improvement Plan.

Identified in the plan is the portion of Elm Street between Fifth and Ninth streets. That section will receive repairs to water, sanitary, and sewer lines, which will require that section to repaved once the repairs are completed.

The village had requested up to $1,074,600 in Community Development Block funds, with the village committing local funds for the matching portion from its Water Fund in the amount of $119,400.

Calumet Township Supervisor Paul Lehto said in February that the matching money will come from the North Houghton County Sewage and Water Authority, because the NHCSWA manages the water and sewer lines in the village.

Project manager Chris Holmes of U.P. Engineering has been working with the village on the project, and his firm will be handling the bidding process.

Originally, bids were supposed to be sent out in February, but unanticipated details in the planning needed to resolved, so bids are going out sometime this week.

“Right now, work is planned to begin in early June,” said Geisler, “with a substantial completion date in Sept. 27 and a final completion date of Oct.11.”