Calumet voters could dissolve village in November

CALUMET, Mich. (WLUC) - Calumet voters will decide in November if they want to disincorporate their village. Two-thirds of voters must vote yes on the issue to pass it. If the issue passes, the village will dissolve into Calumet Township. All current village residents would then be subject to township taxes and services.

According to Calumet township supervisor Paul Lehto, the township may not be able to provide those residents with the level of services they are used to. Townships do not recieve Act 51 state shared revenues, which help pay for services like snow removal and street cleaning in villages. The Calumet Township Board will take an official position on the issue in the next few months.

Two Calumet Village Board members could be recalled in November, as well. According to Houghton County Clerk Jennifer Lorenz, petitions submitted to recall Calumet Village President Dave Geisler and Trustee Virginia Dwyer have been approved. Lorenz says she is waiting to see if either appeals to Circuit Court. If they don't, then the petitioner can begin getting signatures to get the recalls on the November ballot.