Chelsea mayor warns candidates of municipal court
Published 9:51 am Wednesday, August 17, 2016
By ALEC ETHEREDGE | Staff Writer
CHELSEA – Mayor Earl Niven addressed the Chelsea City Council prior to its regularly scheduled City Council meeting Tuesday, Aug. 16 and told them his concerns over bringing a municipal court to Chelsea.
Niven said that he attended a mayors meeting earlier in the day where he talked with 12 mayors from other cities.
“Not a one said they would have a municipal court if it weren’t absolutely necessary,” he said.
With the elections coming up Tuesday, Aug. 23 he urged all candidates running for City Council and mayor to be cautious and think about the city before they made the decision to establish a municipal court.
“Every one of those mayors advised that it would cost us to lose money and that it would not be a moneymaker like you might assume,” Niven said.
He also pointed out that a code enforcer would help solve 90 percent of the problems when it comes to enforcing ordinances, but said he just doesn’t see a municipal court working at this time.
In other business, the council:
- Approved paying for an ad on the back of the Chelsea High School football program that would thank and promote the city of Chelsea.
- Approved the annexation ordinance submitted by Mark Byers of Partner Properties, LLC, for 1.79 acres of land located on Old Highway 280 behind Publix.