Chelsea Community Report 6/21/21 | The Sun Times News



By Doug Marrin, STN reporter

Summary of the city council meeting on June 21, 2021.

Consent Agenda

The Council agreed

  • Pay for bills totaling $ 78,571.47
  • City weekly payments of $ 513,071.09 for the period June 4th through June 17th
  • Bi-weekly payroll of $ 125,721.78
  • Road closures for South St. and East Middle St. for Thursday night Chelsea Sounds & Sights.

Public comments

A local resident asked the council to explain how Bobcat Consulting will interact with the public during the police audit and whether the company is scheduled to start in July.

A resident wanted people to call Washtenaw County’s Mental Health Service at 734 544 3050 if they were in a crisis or would like to see what the organization has to offer. She encouraged them to take advantage of the new CARES program provided by the County Mental Health Millage.

A resident asked if the police are working with the CARES program to respond to mental health calls.

City agreement with Local 214

The council ratified the collective agreement with the urban workers of Teamsters Local 214 with the proposed changes for the period July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2024.

Notable contract changes are:

  • $ 750 one-time signing bonus payable July 2021
  • 3% increase in 2021, 2022 and 2023
  • Life insurance increased from $ 45,000 to $ 100,000
  • Reinstatement of the longevity clause
  • $ 2.00 / hour pay increase for journeyman line workers instead of the annual loyalty bonus.
  • 1.75% health care multiplier for retirees if the two remaining eligible employees who receive this benefit retire before 7/1/2024

Salary increases for non-union city workers

The council approved a motion calling for a 3% increase in salaries for the city’s non-union employees, effective July 1, 2021. City director Hanifan reported that the city’s practice has been to match the salary increases for non-union employees with the salary increases for unionized employees.

“I am happy to vote for the wage increase as well as for the union and the employees,” said Mayor Johnson. “I think that our employees are doing an exemplary job, especially in this very difficult past year. It is important that we show appreciation for the great work they are doing. “

Transmission of the road

The council amended a resolution passed on May 17 to take possession of a section of Old US 12 from Freer Rd. To Main St. The change corrected the distance to 1.57 miles.

Border crossing agreement

An agreement with Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation has been approved for a section of the Border-to-Border Trail that will be built within the city limits.

See article: Chelsea approves deal for next segment of B2B

Modification of the Heritage Pointe PUD

The council approved an amendment to the Heritage Pointe PUD to increase the allowable property coverage from 20% to 35%.

Community Development Director Julia Upfal told the council that the developer, JBRMC LLC, has requested the larger lot coverage to offer single story units and more variety in housing options. The planning commission recommended approving the change.

Assignment of late utility bills

Administrative Director Amanda Garber told the council that the City Code allows utility bills that are more than six months past due to be placed as a lien on the property to which they relate. City officials requested permission to move overdue utility bills of $ 11,667.76 to the tax list for the summer of 2021. Mayor Johnson noted that this was a common practice in the city. The council agreed to a motion to convert the overdue bills into taxes.

Changes to the annual budget

Ms. Garber submitted budget changes for the 2020-21 financial year to the Council for approval. “Most of the changes requested are simply due to funds not being used or being moved between positions to more accurately reflect the funds actually spent,” said Garber. The council approved the request.

Other Financing of Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB)

Ms. Garber filed an application to allow the city to transfer $ 25,000 to its established ICMA OPEB Investment Trust Fund as provided for eligible health insurance benefits for employees and retirees. “The purpose of this item on the agenda is to request the budgeted transfer to the Pension Fund to support post-retirement health insurance costs for eligible city employees and retirees,” said Ms. Garber. The council approved the request.

Annual electricity payment instead of taxes

Ms. Garber brought another motion to the council to transfer the budgeted PILOT from the Electric Fund to the General Fund. The amount is $ 494,588, or 5% of the electricity budget approved in the 2020-21 budget. The council approved the request.

This transfer relates to the City Council’s February 1992 resolution that the Electric Fund would pay the General Fund in lieu of taxes (PILOT) for property taxes on masts, lines and equipment used in the distribution of electricity to the city be used, ”wrote. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mrs. Garber in her statement. “PILOT payments are common in municipal power grids across the country.”

Public meetings after July 1, 2021

Mr. Hanifan made a recommendation to the council: “The city and its city council, its boards of directors and commissions have been meeting remotely since March 2020. The staff recommend a return to the personal council, the boards and commissions from July 2021. ”The council approved the recommendation.

City manager’s report

Mr. Hanifan announced a public presentation of the Chelsea parking map update on Monday, July 12, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. in Timbertown. The Sibley Road project will most likely begin in the first full week of July. The road remains open but with restricted lanes regulated by flag staff. In light of the strong winds that have recently passed through the area, Mr. Hanifan reminded listeners to stay out of the way and report run-down power lines.

In response to a request from Councilor Albertson, Mr. Hanifan updated the Bobcat Consulting Police Department’s tax audit with an emphasis on internal policies. Auditors will use the same process that has been used in numerous federal, state, and local audits and “are required to interview a real sample of residents and city stakeholders who have a wide and varied range of ideas and concerns, both positive as well as negatives. “Bobcat lays down the methodology for selecting the interview. The exam is expected to take place in late July.

Police report

Chief Toth submitted his report for May 2021.

See article: Chief Toth talks about the public image of the CARES team and the police

See article: Chelsea Police Report, May 2021

For more details, the city has posted the audio of the entire session on its website.


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