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By Lisa Carolin

Chelsea’s Human Rights Commission is working on its initial budget proposal, which was among the topics of conversation during the commission’s March 15 meeting.

Member Lynn Fox said, “I was thinking $5,000 to start for the commission to ask for to spend on training for things like authors, speakers, and field trips.”

City Manager John Hanifan told members of the commission that the Chelsea City Council starts its budget hearings the first Monday in May. He also said that at the council’s March 20 meeting, a fifth member will be appointed to the Chelsea Human Rights Commission.

Commission members put together a list of collaborative partners that includes the city council, the police department, schools, the library, the chamber of commerce, Faith in Action, senior centers, religious organizations, Realtors, the rotary club, and the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice.

They also discussed the method of getting something on the city council’s agenda and appointing someone on the city council to be a liaison to the commission.

During the public comment, Chelsea resident Julia Strimer spoke about a resolution supporting Chelsea renaming Columbus Day Indigenous Peoples Day.

“In terms of human rights, I feel that our native people are part of that concern,” said Strimer.

The Chelsea Human Rights Commission meets the first and third Wednesday of each month in the City Council Chambers.

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