Two bonds in the Keweenaw are set to be voted on next week

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CALUMET, Mich. (WLUC) - The Village of Calumet and the Dollar Bay Tamarack City School District have bonds being voted on next week.

Village of Calumet snowplow as seen in July 2019. (WLUC Photo)

The Village of Calumet's bond proposal is for $500,000 and would be used primarily to replace their old snow removal equipment.

"Our equipment is old, outdated, and too small. It's stuff that we've had for 30, 40, 50 years. In fact we even have an Oshkosh from 1947 which would probably be better fitted for a museum than current snow removal," said Caleb Katz, the Village Administrator.

The village is also looking to replace their public works garage, which received damage when the neighboring building burned down.

"It suffered some damage from a fire that occurred on the property next door, and that's also been around for decades as well and that can use some updating, better insulation and things of that nature," added Katz.

There is also a school bond proposed by the Dollar Bay Tamarack City School District. It would bring in $4.6 million and be used to update the current school building.

"It has become evident that there are some real needs in our school and the primary thing is safety. We also are very concerned about warmth, and keeping our students dry and thriving," said Superintendent Christina Norland.

Some of the problems include a 20-year-old boiler and a leaking gym ceiling. They are also looking to add on a preschool to the existing building.

"We really feel strongly that we need a preschool here in our building. There used to be one in town and this is no longer so we need to provide that for our local citizens," added Norland.

Both bond proposals will be voted on next Tuesday, August 6th.

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