Chelsea approves budget with funding for fire station, additional police shift

CHELSEA – The Chelsea City Council approved a budget at its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 17, that includes capital projects such as construction of a new Station 33 for Chelsea Fire and Rescue.

The budget calls for about $9 million in revenue not including funding for the capital projects, Mayor Tony Picklesimer said.

Another initiative included in the budget is funding for an additional full shift by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office in the city.

The projected revenue for the new fiscal year that begins Oct. 1 is about a 4-percent increase over the previous year.

Projected expenses are about $411,000 less than revenue, Picklesimer said.

In other business, the Council:

  • Approved a proclamation declaring the week of Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week, and a proclamation declaring Sept. 30 as Family Day and the week of Sept. 29 through Oct. 5 as Family Week.
  • Accepted a quote for work on baseball and softball athletic fields in the amount of $9,600 submitted by Specialty Turf Supply Inc.
  • Accepted a quote for repairs to the Crane House in the amount of $15,700 submitted by ZIPP Painting. The work will include exterior painting, power washing, removing and replacing rotten soffit and facia, removing and replacing gutters and more.
  • Accepted a quote for repairs to City Hall in the amount of $19,800 submitted by Oakcrest Construction Inc. The work will include exterior power washing, caulking and sealing windows and more. Also, the “City of Chelsea” engraving on the façade of the building will be filled in with black paint that will make it more visible.
  • Heard from Emily Sims with the Chelsea Public Library about upcoming programs and a recent card drive held at Chelsea High School.
  • Saw new extrication equipment acquired by Chelsea Fire and Rescue through a grant.
  • Heard from a resident who lives off Rich Drive about the poor condition of the road.
  • Heard that Chelsea’s bulk trash day will Oct. 5. Information about bulk trash day can be found at CityofChelsea.com.