Council OKs land annexations, proclamation honoring CHHS seniors

By EMILY SPARACINO / Staff Writer 

CHELSEA – The Chelsea City Council on May 6 approved five ordinances for land annexation and a proclamation honoring Chelsea High School’s senior class.

The annexations were submitted by property owners for parcels located on Dorough Road, Shelby County 39, Chelsea Road and Shelby County 51, and collectively total more than 17 acres.

“Welcome to all of these new residents to the city of Chelsea,” Mayor Tony Picklesimer said. “We appreciate all of you coming in. Chelsea grew a little bit bigger tonight, and we thank you for that.”

The council also approved a proclamation declaring May 19 as Chelsea High School Class of 2020 Senior Day in the city.

“There are many different groups of people in and around our city that are facing challenges through the COVID-19 virus period,” Picklesimer said. “A group that has been very dramatically impacted is the Senior Class of 2020 at Chelsea High School. We as a council, we as a city, would like to do something to show our appreciation and to congratulate the seniors that are finishing this year and really didn’t get a chance to go back and enjoy the last part of their senior year like all of us did.”

The school’s graduation ceremony had been scheduled for May 19 before the COVID-19 outbreak hit.

On May 5, the Shelby County Board of Education announced plans to hold drive-thru graduation ceremonies at each high school on the week of June 15, unless the governor’s health order is changed or lifted to allow for more traditional graduation ceremonies.

“Thank you, seniors,” Picklesimer said. “We are extremely proud of you. We are working on another way that we will honor you, so we will let you see that when the time comes.”