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DDA authorizes study on Longworth
By Erica McClain
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The Chelsea Downtown Development Authority approved several measures to study the Longworth complex and its future at a Jan. 19 meeting. In a work session last week, the DDA discussed the feasibility of redeveloping the three buildings – the Daniels Motor Sales showroom, the Chelsea House Livery Feed and the Chelsea Manufacturing Company – or removing the showroom addition and tearing down the livery. The board approved a traffic study on Jackson Street as well as an investigation into necessary bidding requirements, drawings and specifications for potential redevelopment of the Mack as well as the requirements, drawings and specs on work to remove the livery and rehabilitated into an open space or remodeled and redeveloped. The board also approved research into a public sidewalk and appropriate landscaping on the northern side of the Longworth complex and fencing, site improvements and landscaping on along the railroad. Several DDA members acknowledged the importance of the Longworth and its location to the downtown district. “Whatever it is we end up doing we want to keep the focus on the character of the community,” said board member Bob Pierce.

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Tom Girard, a Preservation Chelsea-Chelsea Connection Team member, discusses what the group has done regarding the Longworth complex while Janet Kreger, the president of Michigan’s Historic Preservation Network, looks on. Whether it’s redeveloping the area or tearing down the buildings, Pierce felt it was imperative to have the support of the community. “This is almost a new center of downtown,” DDA member Patti Schwarz said, “so I think we need to be careful about that.” Mayor Jason Lindauer said he felt it was important to get the thoughts of neighboring property owners and businesses such as the Sylvan Building and the First Congregational Church of Chelsea as well. Though the DDA did not make a decision on any of the structures, there was some discussion on the structural integrity of the livery, as DDA Board President Peter Flintoft said he worried about the removal of asbestos from the shingles of the building. Flintoft said he didn’t feel there was a lack of sensitivity toward historic preservation in that estimation, but “it still remains that the livery is not sound per the engineer’s report.”

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School board OKs six-year terms of office
By Crystal Hayduk
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Students in Mrs. Klink’s third grade class enjoy fruit and vegetables at snack time. Pictured from left to right front are Haley Braun and April Dembinski; back Derek Reiber and Evan Swartzentruber.

A healthy incentive
By Crystal Hayduk
Special Writer

The second annual fruit and veggie challenge between students at North Creek and South Meadows elementary schools is officially underway. The two schools are competing to see which school’s students can eat the highest number of servings of fruits and vegetables throughout January. If the students at each school can eat at least 7,500 servings, for a total of 15,000,

then their teachers will compete in the Wacky Winter Olympics Jan. 27 as a reward for their efforts. “The kids get to see their teachers compete in silly relay events all for the sake of fitness,” said Jeanne Caselli, assistant coordinator of the challenge at South Meadows. Last January’s goal was also 7,500 servings, but there were four weeks of school in January. This year’s challenge is a

Following the state’s requirement that school board elections must take place in November of even numbered years, the Chelsea District Board of Education voted Jan. 23 to implement a six-year term of office for board members. The board’s policy committee will meet to develop a specific plan for gradually implementing the change from four to six years, so that the board seats available for election will be staggered throughout the coming years. The seats currently held by Steve Olsen and Jeff Crowder will come up for election this November. The board also approved the purchase of two buses from Capital City International at a total cost of $176,498 to be paid for through the second series of 2009 bond funds. The buses will begin service in the fall. Teresa Zigman, executive director of finance for the district, said in a written report released to the board that with Senate Bill 770

looming, the district continues to “... stress to state legislators that districts where the community has supported previous efforts for bond issues should be grandfathered into current legislation (therefore preventing SB 770 from impacting either of our two future bond issues).” Superintendent David Killips reported to the board that Governor Snyder’s budget is due to be released Feb. 9. “We’re keeping our fingers crossed as that comes out and goes to the legislators,” he said, referring to the preliminary forecasts that there will not be further cuts to the education budget for the coming school year. Chelsea student Sarah Wood, daughter of John and Patti Wood, was named Student of the Year by the Michigan Chapter of Student Leadership Services. The award was presented by Program Director Dawn Flood, who was accompanied by Executive Director Pamela Voss-Page.

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