Chelsea approves new generator at fire station

CHELSEA – The city of Chelsea unanimously passed a resolution to accept a bid for a 60-kilowatt gas generator to be installed at the Chelsea Fire and Rescue Station 32 at a regularly scheduled council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

According to Mayor Tony Picklesimer, it has been years since the station has had a working power generator. He said the resolution will add a much-needed safety boost for residents near station 32 in the case of a natural disaster.

“In a natural disaster, it will allow our station to have power and be a beacon to those who live in that part of the community,” Picklesimer said.

Until recently, he said he was unaware that the station was lacking a functional power generator and saw the need for one.

“It was just brought to my attention that there wasn’t anything operating there if there was a tornado or something else,” Picklesimer said. “We need to have power over here in case something happens.”

While the $23,702 generator is well within the city’s budget, Picklesimer said it is important for the city to be open about how it allocates funds.

In other council news:

–The city passed an ordinance to annex 3.24 acres of land that is located at 400 Boardman Drive and owned by Boardman Land Company, LLC. City attorney Mark S. Boardman’s firm, Boardman, Carr, Petelos, Watkins and Ogle, P.C., stands on the property.

–The city passed a resolution to accept Polo Circle as part of Chelsea’s jurisdiction.

–Picklesimer said the Chelsea Christmas Parade on Dec. 16 and the city’s inaugural municipal court session on Dec. 17 both “went off without a hitch.”

–Bills were paid.