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Chelsea City Council Hears Timbertown Renovation Presentation

By Lisa Allmendinger

Chelsea’s pickleball community was on hand Monday night, Nov. 28 at the Chelsea City Council meeting to show support for a project plan that includes the renovation of Timbertown, and the addition of six new courts in the city.

The proposed public-private partnership plan includes: improvements to parking, lighting and restrooms, play structure repairs, a restoration of the Pathway to Renewal public art mosaic in the park and designation as Timbertown as a trailhead for the B2B pathway project.

(See the presentation document at the end of the story for further details.)

During the business portion of the meeting, which consisted of two items, the City Council unanimously agreed to change the meeting dates for several months in 2023 because of the days on which national holidays are observed.

So, mark your calendars, in January, June, July and November, the City Council will meet on the second and fourth Mondays (instead of the usual 1st and 3rd Mondays) and in February, the second meeting of the month will be moved from Monday, Feb. 20 to Tuesday, Feb. 21.

In addition, the city will celebrate Juneteenth, a new Federal Holiday that falls on June 19.

In the second action item, City Manager Roy Atkinson was unanimously approved as the secondary member representative to the Chelsea Area Construction Authority.

During staff reports, Atkinson said Angela Stoneham is onboard as the city’s finance director/treasurer, completing the city’s administrative team. However, as she works through bringing the city’s finances completely up to date, the city has requested a 30-day extension from the state to submit its FY audit documents.  

In addition, Atkinson said, Chelsea has been served with a lawsuit and it has been referred to the city’s attorney. (Please see this story from MLive for the lawsuit details.

Requests for proposals have been released for new Audio Visual technology for the city’s council chambers and a new city website and the deadline for submissions are Dec. 9.  

Police Chief Kevin Kayzak reported that the department responded to 447 calls for service in October, there were 22 traffic crashes, one with a deer, and officers performed 196 traffic stops and issued 78 citations.

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