CALUMET CITY | The City Council will intensify its efforts this week to put together a municipal budget for the current fiscal year.

Calumet City government’s fiscal year began May 1. But state law gives city officials until July 31 to have an appropriations ordinance in place. That ordinance details how money will be spent by city government for the fiscal year that ends April 30, 2014.

Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush and her staff have been preparing an ordinance in recent weeks, and that ordinance was posted for public review by a 7-0 vote of the City Council at its Thursday meeting.

People can review the proposed spending plan at City Hall, 204 Pulaski Road.

Finance Committee Chairwoman Magdalena “Leni” Wosczynski said a detailed review by the City Council will take place at committee hearings scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at City Hall.

The council’s regular sessions are scheduled for July 11 and July 25. It also is possible the council could conduct a special meeting on another date specifically for the purpose of approving an appropriations ordinance.

In other business Thursday, the council approved buying three hydrants for $6,600 from HD Supply Waterworks Ltd. Of Chicago.

Aldermen also approved work done on the 500 block of State Street. East Chicago-based Tierra Environmental & Industrial will be paid $6,011 for the work. An emergency repair also on State between Freeland and Lincoln avenues, done by J & J Newell, was approved at a cost of $7,995.

The council also approved replacement of a handicapped lift at City Hall. DME Access, of Montgomery, Ill., will be paid up to $54,000 for the work. The contract was not put up for bid, as city officials considered the project involved a single-source vendor.

Jeanette is a journalist with The Times Media Co. who has worked as both a reporter and editor. She has a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield.