City assumes ownership of subdivision streets
Published 10:32 am Wednesday, November 4, 2015
By EMILY SPARACINO / Staff Writer
CHELSEA – The city of Chelsea has assumed responsibility for certain streets in the Polo Crossings subdivision with a one-year warranty from the paving company.
The Chelsea City Council approved a proposed resolution Nov. 3 to take ownership of several of the subdivision’s streets that Steve Issis and Courtney Mason paid to have resurfaced.
“They bought back some of the lots that had been foreclosed,” Mayor Earl Niven said of Issis and Mason, who are partners in the project. “They didn’t want that subdivision to go under.”
The resolution comes with a one-year warranty period from Butler, the paving company that handled the resurfacing.
Niven said the paving would be the original developers’ responsibility, but Issis and Mason took it upon themselves to have it done as they plan to develop houses in the subdivision.
“Steve and Courtney wanted it done right,” he said. “They have taken that responsibility way above their obligation.”
Councilman Tony Picklesimer expressed gratitude to Issis and Mason for their work.
“I’d like to publicly say this is exemplary on your behalf,” Picklesimer said to Issis. “It’s my third term on this council, and I’ve never seen this done.”
In other business, the council approved the first reading of a proposed ordinance to grant a non-exclusive right-of-way use agreement to Southern Light LLC for the construction and maintenance of a fiber-optic transmission line within certain public rights-of-way in the city.
The council will vote on the ordinance at its next meeting Nov. 17.
The council also passed a proclamation designating November as National Diabetes Month in Chelsea.
“This is a disease that at some point can be controlled, but there’s a lot of research left to be done,” Niven said.
During community forum, the council also heard:
•An update from Fire Chief Wayne Shirley, who said Paul Williams was recently recognized as Chelsea’s Firefighter of the Year at the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Safety Awards Luncheon, and Shirley has submitted Williams for Firefighter of the Year for Shelby County.
In addition to his duties as a firefighter, Williams also works with local media outlets to disperse department information to the public.
“He continues to represent us well, but more importantly, getting that message out,” Shirley said.
•An update about the Chelsea High School Theatre department, which will hold a dinner theatre event Nov. 14 at North Shelby Baptist Church.
•An update from Barry Elliott about Chelsea’s Lions Club reorganizing.
“The Lions Club serves communities all over the world,” Elliott said. “There’s great need in the community, and that’s what Lions Club is all about: Serving the community.”