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In addition to approving the distribution of Chelsea’s draft Master Plan, the City Council unanimously approved the reappointment of two Planning Commission members – Claire Robinson and Erik Larsen at its meeting on Monday, July 10.

The Master Plan can be found here and planners are hoping for resident comments during the 63-day comment period. In addition, the City Council and the Planning Commission are expected to hold a joint work session to discuss the plan before the conclusion of the comment period.

Robinson and Larsen were appointed for 3-year terms.

The City Council also unanimously approved the hiring of Kim Spittler as the Chelsea Area Construction Authority building official and Part 91 soil erosion control and sedimentation control official. He is licensed by the state as a building official, building inspector, plan reviewer and as a soil erosion and sedimentation control official.

The city received four responses for the 2017 DDA request for $1.5 million in bonds for the Palmer Event Space redevelopment project and voted to reject them all on the advice of bond counsel and the city’s financial advisors.

The apparent low bidder, Chelsea State Bank, did not conform to the bid parameters due to a technicality – the demoninations for interest were submitted to the hundredth percent rather than to an eight of a percent.

The city was advised to reject all the bids and negotiate the sale with Chelsea State Bank to achieve the lowest interest cost to the city. It’s expected that through this process, the city can save about $70,000 in interest over the life of the bonds.

The City Council also approved both a tribute bench donation guidelines and application and a parks and recreation donation guidelines and application. All the documents can be found here.

Residents are reminded that the City Council will meet again on Monday, July 17 at 7 p.m.

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