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Lisa Allmendinger on April 21st, 2017

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 21st, 2017
Lisa Allmendinger on April 21st, 2017

The Chelsea Downtown Development Authority Board voted to hold a special meeting to discuss the 2017-18 budget on Thursday, May 4 at 7:30 a.m. in the Chelsea City Council chambers.

In addition, at the April 20 meeting, City Manger John Hanifan said he met with representatives from M.C. Smith Associates and Architectural Group regarding the upcoming Palmer (lot) Event Space project and with the 45-day referendum period expired for the proposed bonds to construct the project, it’s expected that it will be bid out early next month.

On Monday, the City Council unanimously approved an amended DDA plan and tax increment financing plan, which includes all the components of this project, some of which will also need Planning Commission approval.

The city hopes to begin construction on May 29 and have the project completed by Sept. 22 according to the planning and construction schedule.

“I’m very excited about this project,” Hanifan said.

Spring means the DDA’s annual walk-through of the downtown where members take an inventory of what needs to be spruced up, mulched, or fixed — items such as landscape pruning, painting, and/or any curb or sidewalk repairs, which may be needed.

If you would like to view the meeting on video, please click here.

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 20th, 2017

By Lisa Carolin

Three plans that mean potential changes for the City of Chelsea received unanimous approval at the Chelsea Planning Commission meeting April 18.

Following a public hearing, the commission (Larry Ledebur absent) approved a special use permit for West Washtenaw Brewing LLC. The Chelsea Alehouse Brewery is moving to 115 S. Main Street and received permission to manufacture beverages there. All manufacturing operations will take place inside.

Applicant Chris Martinson told the commission, “We’re moving our current operation from the Clocktower. We’ll be making our own beer on site and expanding the food choices we offer.”

The commission (Sarah Haselschwardt abstained) also approved the Prairie Cottages Phase II Final Site Plan from the United Methodist Retirement Community. Phase II consists of 13 units, while phase I consisted of 41 units.

According to City Engineer Christine Linfield, “It was a very well done plan.”

Tom Covert of Midwest Consulting, told the commission that some of the units in the Phase I section of Prairie Cottages are occupied.

The commission also approved final site plan extension for Heritage Pointe Phase IIB. Linfield explained that Heritage Pointe has a total of five phases and that phases I and IIA have been developed in the northeast part of the city. Phase IIB will include 40 more houses and has a new expiration date of May 20, 2018. 

To view the entire meeting on video, please click here.

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 20th, 2017

By Crystal Hayduk

Six parents and two high school students addressed the Chelsea School District Board of Education at their meeting on April 17, in a “call to action” regarding what they defined as a growing problem with addiction among Chelsea teens.

Several parents shared the stories of their current high school students who, over the course of a few months, went from having good grades and being involved in sports to battling substance addiction. A parent said, “Anyone can be caught in this vicious cycle.”

One parent suggested that the addiction problem among Chelsea teens may be larger than the district realizes, although another parent acknowledged that addiction is a growing crisis nationwide.

A student who described herself as a recovering addict with suicidal ideation in the past also spoke about her personal experience. “I didn’t think it was a big deal [to use] because others were doing it.” She said that possibly if she had learned more about the issues, including self-harming, in middle school, she may not have begun engaging in the behaviors.

Another high school student said that her attempts to encourage others who are using substances to seek help has ended in her losing friendships.

A parent asked the school district for help because “…school is where our children spend the majority of their time, sometimes 10 to 12 hours a day—more than they spend with us. The school has a long history of solutions and goal-oriented innovation.”

Parents who spoke are part of a newly formed support group. They invited others to their next meeting at 6:30 p.m. on May 2, at a location still to be determined.

Superintendent Julie Helber responded to the parents, both at the meeting and in an emailed letter. She said that her heart goes out to the families, and commended them for their “courage in speaking…. The District had many preventative services in place prior to my post and we continue to put resources in place to serve our students and families.

“The District partners with SRSLY for drug and alcohol prevention. Along with the members of SRSLY the team includes members from the hospital, Chelsea PD, and other mental health experts. Numerous students are involved in the efforts, as well. We are fortunate to have this partnership and I encourage you to attend our meetings to provide an additional voice and perspective.

“Our efforts in the areas of mental health and substance abuse are at the forefront of our District Wellness initiatives. You were correct in saying that this is not just a Chelsea problem. Efforts across the county, state, and nation continue to increase to keep our youth safe. This provides a good support network to everyone and continues to be a conversation across the county among the superintendents. Specifically, Community Mental Health has partnered with the Chelsea School District to provide resources….

“We look forward to continuing to work with you and our community to seek new ways support our students,” said Helber.

Lee Andrea of Kingscott Architects presented results of the facilities assessment to the board. He described the process of examining each of the buildings to prioritize improvements, and assign a Facilities Condition Index (FCI) to the district. Andrea said that the district is currently considered in good condition for the next five years.

Andrea also highlighted such items as maintaining roofing and paving, and upgrading mechanical and electrical controls to save energy.

Helber said that the bond team had met to identify the top priority projects that should be completed in the next five years. “We want to hold true to the 2009 bond and what we told the voters we would use the money for,” she said.

Shawn Sinacola-Rodriguez, along with two of her AP Literature and Composition students, Carly Critchfield and Anna Vanneste, presented information about the Alumni Arbor at Chelsea High School (CHS).

Funding was obtained through grants from the Chelsea Community Foundation ($5,000) and the Chelsea Education Foundation ($1,500), as well as private donors (totaling $1,600 so far). With assistance from Arbor Knoll, LLC, there is a 100-year vision for a sustainable space that will provide multi-generational, educational, and recreational use.

May 6 is the expected planting day.

More information is available on the project group page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/chsalumniarbor/.

Former graduates of CHS can be included by completing a survey here (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScLzECVyp9RL7fonZnlKTudCjFy40IgyFwdudei079_cMlsrQ/viewform?c=0&w=1).

Persons interested in volunteering can sign up here (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdY4yjHHc8xzxbx2L5LJGZCvxby1vG8fpkMFEP8ZtngyVygMg/viewform?c=0&w=1).

Donations or questions can be emailed to arborclub@chelsea.k12.mi.us with “donation” or “question” in the subject line.

(See related story here: http://chelseaupdate.com/arbor-club-chelsea-high-school-plans-alumni-arbor/).      

In other board news:

District administrators updated the board on current progress on maintaining fiscal responsibility.

The board approved updates to the eighth-grade reproductive health sexually transmitted infection slides.

The school board learned about recommended updates to the honors pre-calculus curriculum and North Creek technology, which are expected to be voted on in May.

Upcoming dates:

The next school board meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on May 8 at South Meadows Elementary School, 335 Pierce St.

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 20th, 2017

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Eric Swager for the information in this story.)

Chelsea boys track and field won another tough meet 79-58 over arch rivals, Dexter.

“They loaded the events up in an attempt to upset us, but we won several close events, and executed well enough to secure a victory and go to 2-0,” said coach Eric Swager.

Once again, the coach said, our distance runners came up big, winning a very fast 3200 relay and 1600 run, as well as taking multiple places in the 800 and 3200.  Cam Cooper won 3 individual events and led off a relay, while Chris Roush placed in 3 events as well.

“We picked up a few points in some field events, and in the hurdles with some tough efforts by our young guys,” Swager said.

Our team must continue to improve, the coach said, adding, “You can witness the improvement by coming down to the Chelsea Invite (today) Thursday afternoon.”

“Thanks to all the parents, coaches, fans, and supporters who have helped us host a quality meet,” he said.

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 20th, 2017

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Loren Thorburn for the information in this story.)

Chelsea girls track and field came away with a big win against Dexter, 75-62.

“We had a solid team effort across the board,” said coach Loren Thorburn, who added, “We had a number of personal and season records.”

Standout performances:

Sophomore Jordan Holton won the shot and discuss. PR’ed in the discuss 100′ 2″.

Senior Jesse Jacobusse placed 1st in the 800m and 1600m races as well as placed 2nd in the 3200m race. Also, she led her 4x800m relay to a 1st place finish.

Junior Sydney Matusik placed 1st in the 200m and 400m dash and helped the 4x200m and 4x400m relays place 1st.

Chelsea Relays are today, Thursday, April 20. Please come out and support us.

2017 Girls vs. Dexter

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 20th, 2017

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 20th, 2017

File photo by Lisa Carolin. A scene from the first Chelsea Community Dog Walk.

The City of Chelsea will hold its second annual Parks Clean-up Day on Saturday, April 29 beginning at 9 a.m. at Pierce Park and at Timbertown.

Everyone is welcome to attend and help support the clean-up efforts. Clean-up supplies will be provided to all volunteers.  

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 20th, 2017

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Shawn Hayes for the information in this story.)

Chelsea finishes third in Chelsea Invitational

On April 15, Chelsea hosted its annual CHS Invitational – a 4-team round robin tournament.

Chelsea lost in the opening game of the day 2-1 to Dewitt.  Dewitt then played and beat New Boston Huron 3-1.

Chelsea came back onto the field to play a fresh team from Linden and Linden won that game 4-1. Dewitt then played Linden with Linden winning 2-1.

Chelsea then played New Boston Huron and Chelsea won 4-1.  Linden won the final game against New Boston Huron 4-0 and was crowned Champions of the tournament going 3-0 on the day.

Dewitt was second going 2-1 with Chelsea 3rd and NBH 4th.

Coaches Notes:  Dewitt was ranked #1 with Linden #7 at the end of the regular season last year so to play two returning top 10 teams in a tournament was a great experience for us.

Dewitt had a player, Danielle Stephan, who just returned and was playing in her 2nd or 3rd game back with the team after returning home from US Women’s Soccer Under 19 National Team Camp in Florida. She is headed to MSU in the fall to study and play soccer.

For us to see what that type of player looks like and be able to play against her was a great challenge and fun for our girls and while she scored both the goals against us, we learned from playing them and it helped make us a better team. 

Linden, who also has 2-3 seniors headed to play in college next year was an additional challenge for us.

Unfortunately, we struggled to match the same intensity against Linden as we did Dewitt, and the Linden team was strong enough to expose that. Again, we learned in the game – some harder lessons in this one – but it helped make us better.  Learning from both games and playing an unranked team like ourselves, we were able to end the day on a positive with a nice 4-1 team result against New Boston Huron.

Manchester recap

Monday, Chelsea hosted the Lady Dutch from Manchester.

Manchester came into the game with great energy and really controlled much of the tempo in the first half putting a shell-shocked Chelsea team on its heals. Eventually, Natalie Gofton was played in from the back on an overlapping run and served a great ball in from the outside into the box.

Sam Pagliarini challenged the goalkeeper for the 50-50 ball and it wound up loose in front of goal where Delaney Krause knocked it in. Though we created a few nice chances in the half, like Anna Regis with a great 1-touch in front of goal, the Dutch keeper made a strong save and we just weren’t able to crack them, except on that one loose ball in front of goal.

Coaches Notes:  After a slow first half to the game, our girls played with determination and as the game went on after losing two of their teammates to injury during the game. Both Sidney Bailey and Kylie Kuebler were injured.

Earlier in the season, the team lost sophomore Hanna Wyatt, as well as senior Abby Bareis, who is another 3-year returner. Plus, Helena Schultz who is a new sophomore addition to the team, and has been out since the start of the season.

It’s been a tough start to our year for the team health-wise, but thankfully we have plenty of players still healthy and strong depth in the team this season. 

The varsity team plays Dexter today away beginning at 4 p.m. with JV to follow.

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