Calumet Township board mulls school crossing

CALUMET TOWNSHIP – A Michigan Department of Transportation employee will come up to investigate adding signage at the school crossing on U.S. 41 by the Public Schools of Calumet, Laurium & Keweenaw building.

Supervisor Paul Lehto said the school called the township two weeks ago to notify them of the problem.

“People are coming through there now and they’re anticipating the light may change to red, so instead of slowing down, they go through there at 40 miles an hour, while the kids are out there,” he said.

The intersection is the busiest school crossing north of Michigan Technological University, Lehto said.

Lehto said one measure may be to add a sign with flashing lights notifying drivers that students are crossing.

In other action, the board:

approved Board of Review dates. Meetings will be held 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 11 and 9 a.m. to noon and 6 to 9 p.m. March 12.

approved accepting written Board of Review appeals from residents and non-residents.

approved federal poverty guidelines used to determine poverty exemptions for 2013 assessments. The township will use the same poverty guidelines as the federal government, including $19,030 for a family of three. Exemptions can be denied for in cases such as showing an ability to pay based on an income minus essential spending (housing, utilities, food and transportation).

heard from Lehto on a meeting with a Department of Environmental Quality representative delisting of the Calumet Dam from the Superfund site list. Lehto said the site is expected to be delisted this summer.

approved spending $1,900 on multidirectional speakers for the Calumet Colosseum.

approved spending $250 from the Colosseum fund and $250 from the Downtown Development Authority fund for seed money for a youth grant application.