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Light agenda on tap for Monday, July 21 Chelsea City Council meeting

Chelsea logoThe Chelsea City Council should have a short meeting on Monday, July 21 as there is a light agenda for consideration.

On the consent agenda are three temporary road closures for this year’s 77th Annual Chelsea Community Fair, which takes place from Aug. 19-23. The temporary road closures are for the annual Kiddie Parade on Tuesday, Aug. 19, and for two events on Saturday, Aug. 23 — the annual Run for the Rolls and the Chelsea Fair Parade.

The City Council will also hear a presentation on the upcoming Chelsea District Library millage.

On the business agenda are:

1. A vote on an amended comprehensive plan for the city, which among other things, removes a residential component for the Federal Screw Works site. Developer Magellan Properties wants to rezone the property from Industrial (I-1) to a Planned Unit Development (PUD). The city’s current land use plan for a PUD requires a residential component on the property, but there is a deed restriction on the Federal Screw property that disallows housing on the land.

The City Council previously approved this draft language for the city’s land plan that was sent to neighboring municipalities and other entities for comment.

The Planning Commission held a public hearing on July 15 for the amendments and unanimously agreed to forward the changes to the City Council for final approval.

2. Council Member Melissa Johnson is asking the City Council on behalf of a community center steering committee, for a letter of support for a feasibility study of a possible Chelsea Community Center to be located at the Washington Street Education Center. The steering committee is planning to request a grant for the study.

3. A request by Lima Township to hold a joint work session to discuss the proposed Lima Springs Development on Aug. 4.

According to the agenda item summary, this development is proposed for property east of Chelsea Ridge and Auston Lane and the township has expressed interest in a 425 agreement — a conditional land transfer and tax sharing agreement — in which if approved, the property would become part of Chelsea and receive city utilities as well as paying city taxes.

Following the regular meeting, the City Council is expected to go into closed session with its attorney to discuss a legal opinion.

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