Beginning on Nov. 4 — the day before this year’s City Council elections — the elected officials will begin meeting on a new night following a unanimous vote on Tuesday night, July 23.
After meeting for many years on the second and fourth Tuesdays at 7 p.m., the council will move its regular meeting dates to the first and third Mondays.
These meetings will not conflict with the Chelsea Board of Education, though, as these elected officials hold their meetings on the second and fourth Mondays of each month.
And why is that important? Well, aside from residents perhaps wanting to attend both group’s meetings, the City Council appoints a delegate, this year it’s Council Member Marcia Parker, to attend the meetings and she reports back to the City Council about the highlights of what took place.
The City Council also unanimously approved city staff’s request to prepare a request for proposals for needed repairs and renovations for the city offices, which are inside the Chelsea State Bank building.
Among the items that will be purchased are new carpeting for the upstairs area and the demolition of wall that separates the office into two areas, new office furniture and a security system for both the upper and lower level entryways.
Administrative Director Kim Garland told the City Council that the work would take about 6-8 weeks and is scheduled to begin in September. She said there is about $25,000 left over in the capital account from the police building project and another $25,000 that could be transferred to that account, making about $50,000 available for the renovations.
“This is something that we’ve been talking about for quite some time,” she said, adding that the work had been included in this year’s budget and that staff plans to have two lobby areas to assist residents. There would be two bays of windows and new, secure doors.
In the future, the roof over the city offices also needs repair, she said, and staff would like to find a way to tie the police building to the city offices.
In other business, it was formally announced that longtime Clerk Terri Royal has accepted a position as the new city clerk in Saline, replacing another longtime clerk, Dianne Hill, who recently retired and took a position in the private sector.
“You will be missed both professionally and personally,” Mayor Jason Lindauer said in making the announcement.
In addition, Lindauer said that Planning, Engineering, Zoning and Community Development Director Christine Linfield will be on extended medical leave through the month of August.
According to a written report from City Manager John Hanifan, “an action plan” will be presented to City Council at its next meeting on Aug. 13 “to ensure there is little or no service impact,” because of her absence.
Hanifan’s report said that staff is also working on a transition plan for the clerk/treasurer’s office.