Chelsea City Council OKs de-annexation, water franchise ordinances
Published 8:16 pm Tuesday, April 19, 2016
By EMILY SPARACINO / Staff Writer
CHELSEA – The Chelsea City Council passed de-annexation and water franchise ordinances at an April 19 meeting that will affect the city of Pelham.
The first ordinance allows Chelsea to de-annex about 4.1 acres of property that is part of Pelham’s Highlands subdivision in order for Pelham to annex the property into its city limits.
The council tabled the ordinance from its previous meeting because of a discrepancy in the numbers denoting the size of the property to be de-annexed in paperwork.
“The descriptions were different,” Mayor Earl Niven said of the original ordinance. “We have got the proper description in here.”
The second ordinance the council approved April 19 allows Chelsea to grant a water franchise to Pelham for the Chelsea Sports Complex water line along Sports Highland Parkway to the fire hydrant at the intersection of Grand Slam Drive.
City attorney Mark Boardman said the franchise is a “utility easement.”
Regarding transport equipment for Chelsea Fire and Rescue, the council approved a resolution to declare bids from Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus and Custom Works as non-responsive and failing to meet the requirements of the bidding process, and to reject the single responsive bid of Peach State and authorize the mayor to negotiate with Peach State for a price not to exceed their bid.
In other business, the council:
•Approved a resolution to partner with the Chelsea Kiwanis Club to hold on April 30 Fire at the Foothills, an annual chili and barbecue cook-off benefiting the Kiwanis Club and its charities and Chelsea Fire and Rescue’s fire safety program featuring Hero the Firehouse Dog.
“It’s growing every year,” Kiwanis Club member and event organizer Scott Weygand said of the event. “I appreciate the city’s support.”
•Approved the city’s 2015 audit report prepared by DeLoach, Barber and Caspers, P.C.
“It was, I thought, a good audit,” Niven said, noting the auditors were pleased with the city’s positive financial status.
•Approved to pay the city’s bills.