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Chelsea City Council extends temporary outdoor seating

(Publisher’s note: this is the second story from the Chelsea City Council’s Nov. 16 regular meeting.)

The Chelsea City Council unanimously approved an extension of temporary outdoor seating to assist the city’s restaurants during these COVID restrictive times at its Nov. 16 meeting.

Those restaurants that have chosen to have outdoor seating can now continue to offer this option to diners through March 31, 2021.  

City Council also unanimously approved the purchase of an easement at 316 Jackson St. from resident Terry Gentner for $1 to provide an alternate route for power wires and pipes for city utilities.

The easement will allow the city to place lines underground for the entire block and eliminate the overhead wires.

In addition, the City Council also approved an additional electrical power purchase for June 1, 2022 to May 31, 2025 at a maximum price of $6 per Kilowatt-month. (This about $1.195 million purchase will be included in the FY 2022-23 budget.)

And, as it does annually, the City Council adopted a resolution to assign about $2,958 in delinquent utility bills to the winter tax bill. These past due bills are more than 6 months in arrears and the city has tried to contact the residents or businesses several times to pay them.

In another annual action item, the City Council unanimously adopted a resolution to allow residents to submit letters of protest for their assessed property values rather than appearing in person at a Board of Review meeting. These meetings take place in both December and March.

In addition, the City Council adopted a resolution to establish the 2021 poverty/hardship guidelines, which will be posted on the city’s website.


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