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The Chelsea Area Fire Authority board held its annual meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 21 and re-elected Rod Anderson, the Chelsea representative, to the board as its chairman. Craig Maier, the Lima Township representative, was chosen as vice chairman. Linda Reilly, the Lyndon Township representative, was selected as secretary. Kurt Koseck, the Sylvan Township representative, was [...]

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Lisa Allmendinger on January 15th, 2014

Children of all ages are invited to bowl for free with a firefighter during the 2nd Annual Chelsea Area firefighters Bowling Bash on Saturday, Jan. 18 from 2-4 p.m. at Chelsea Lanes. The firefighters are asking participating families to donate clothing or canned goods for Chelsea families in need. And, the first 30 families to [...]

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Lisa Allmendinger on December 24th, 2013

On Dec. 20 at about 11 a.m. on the 1500 block of South Main St., Chelsea police were called to assist the Chelsea Area Fire Authority (CAFA) and Huron Valley Ambulance (HVA) on a medical call following a report of a man slumped over the steering wheel. For the full story, click here.

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Lisa Allmendinger on December 22nd, 2013

Usually, I write about the Chelsea Area Fire Authority Board (CAFA). Today, I’m writing about the Chelsea firefighters arriving at my home. And no, there are no photos of the fire engine pulling into my driveway or Fire Captain Auggie Syrovy or (Friendly) Firefighter Bill Regnier coming through my front door. The only thing I [...]

Continue reading about Publisher’s message: A different side of CAFA

(Publisher’s correction: Please see Rod Branham’s comment on this story. Contrary to what I published, Branham clarified that he had other reasons for his no vote on the at large representative. I have corrected my mistake and offer a sincere apology to Mr. Branham. ) The Chelsea Area Fire Authority (CAFA) Board appointed Tom Osborne, [...]

Continue reading about CAFA picks new member, approves 2014 budget, consultant to evaluate operations

Four of the five members of the Sylvan Township Board were in attendance at a special board meeting on Monday, Dec. 16 during which the board unanimously re-appointed Board Member Kurt Koseck as the township’s representative and Treasurer Rod Branham as the township’s alternate representative to the Chelsea Area Fire Authority (CAFA) board. In addition, they [...]

Continue reading about Sylvan Township Board calls special meeting to re-appoint board reps, discuss CAFA

(Publisher’s note: CAFA received unqualified audits, the highest opinion possible, for the last three years, and board members received the auditor’s cover letters in the packet for the Nov. 19 meeting. No significant deficiencies were noted.) The Chelsea City Council discussed two Chelsea Area Fire Authority (CAFA) items – the proposed 2014 fire authority operating [...]

Continue reading about Chelsea Council nominates 2 residents for vacant CAFA board spots; questions items in authority budget

Lisa Allmendinger on December 3rd, 2013

Students on the playground cheered “They’re here, they’re hear,” when the Chelsea Area Fire Authority fire engine arrived at North Creek Elementary School Monday afternoon. The special visit honored lucky bucketfillers in grades K-2 whose names were drawn for this month’s special event, honoring students who were respectful, safe and responsible while in school. When [...]

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Lisa Allmendinger on November 20th, 2013

The Chelsea Area Fire Authority (CAFA) Board approved an about $1.3 million preliminary 2014 operating budget Tuesday morning, which includes salaries for a chief, an administrative assistant and nine firefighters including three captains, three lieutenants and three firefighters. The revenue side is based on a modest 1-percent increase in property taxes to remain within the [...]

Continue reading about CAFA board approves an about $1.3 million preliminary operating budget

Chelsea Area Fire Authority Chief Jim Payeur took another swing at a 2014 operational budget at a work session of the fire authority board on Nov. 12. This time around he included pay cuts for all officers and the reduction of two firefighters while not filling a third open position. However, the chief’s new budget [...]

Continue reading about Two firefighters jobs still in jeopardy as CAFA board looks at 2014 operating budget