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VOL. 139, NO. 8

Chelsea Standard
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012
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Water rates called into question


By Krista Gjestland
Heritage Media

Chelsea resident Jeff Blazok spoke up on the citys water rates during Tuesdays city council meeting. The water rates, Blazok says, are among the highest Photo by Erica McClain in the state. A document he provided to the board Chelsea area leaders pose with Daedra McGhee of the U.S. Department of Justice as she signs a proclamation on the communitys position on equality and human rights. showed Chelsea residents pay $44.20 per month for well water. Neighboring Dexter residents pay $24.89 per month for well water, a nearly $20 difference. All told were paying over $1.2 million as residents, no businesses, no industry for water to be delivered to our homes, he said. Rights Division had during the past few months, where Blazok said he recently they talked about programs that the community offered moved to the area from as well as how agencies like the Chelsea Area Chamber of Minnesota and chose Commerce and Chelsea Community Hospital enriched the Chelsea because his family area. said Chelsea has the best of By Erica McClain When all was said and done, they called us a model com- everything. Heritage Media munity, said David Killips, Chelsea Public Schools superinI have family who have tendent. Its a feather in their cap and a feather in our cap. lived in Chelsea their entire Chelsea leaders officially claimed their progressive The proclamation includes declarations such as: Chelsea lives, and Ive always heard position on equality and human rights with a proclamation Area Communities do not tolerate prejudicial or discrimiChelsea was the best in a signed Feb. 17. natory treatment of any person, whether a resident or a lot of things best schools, I think this is just wonderful because it says a lot about visitor in our communities. best downtown, best resiwho we are as a community and where we are going, The announcement also states that Chelsea recognizes dents, best police force, best Mayor Jason Lindauer said. the fundamental equality of everyone, applies a standard fire force, he said. The proclamation came with gravitas as the U.S. of equitable practices and fair treatment of all individuals, What Blazok didnt expect Department of Justices Civil Rights Division approved of welcomes people of varied backgrounds and their contribu- when he moved to Chelsea the communitys efforts, calling Chelsea a model commutions and will continue to proactively uphold an environwas the high water rates, he nity. ment of respect, dignity and mutual understanding among said. The compliment comes from a series of meetings the community leaders and a representative from the Civil PLEASE SEE EQUALITY/3-A

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Cash Bash set for March 3


By Sheila Pursglove
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he Rotary Clubs annual fundraising Cash Bash dinner is set for 7 p.m. March 3 at Silver Maples of Chelsea. For a $100 ticket price, couples receive two dinners, two drinks from the bar, the opportunity to bid on creative gift baskets and a chance at the $3,000 grand prize. There will be games, silent auctions, live auctions and raffles and a prize for everyone. More than 100 prizes will be given away, including four tickets to see the Tigers play the Yankees at Comerica Park; tickets to Red Wings and Pistons games; the first club membership to the new Chelsea Alehouse Brewery; two 4-feet tall metal Sandhill Cranes; and packages for the Purple Rose Theatre and Chelsea Comfort Inn.

This is a fun night that benefits our local community and meets needs at an international level, said Club President Paul Schissler, owner of Surface Dynamics. Club funds have been given locally in support of Faith in Action, St. Louis Center, SRSLY, Chelsea District Library, Eles Place, and high school scholarships. Internationally, the Club has given to Shelter Box and clean water projects. Cash Bash tickets are available from any Rotarian from the Chelsea Rotary Club; or call Schissler at 734-355-7198. Cash Bash will also see the premiere of a new video for Rotary, created by Megan Torrance from TorranceLearning in Chelsea. She is on the Steering Committee of the Womens Exchange of Washtenaw, and serves on the Board of Trustees at the Ann Arbor Hands-On

Museum, where she is also part of the Strategy Committee and Tech Twilight Committee. She plays ice hockey and coaches her daughters AAAHA Girls 12 & Under house hockey team at the Ice Cube in Ann Arbor. I joined the Chelsea Rotary Club in January 2011 because of their local impact and global reach, she said. Through the various fundraisers the club has, they contribute to a lot of the things that help make Chelsea a special and supportive community, as well as providing support and volunteer opportunities with vital programs internationally. I also get a very deep connection to the community, meeting other members who are often business owners and leaders in their industries locally, and Chelsea Rotary Club member Megan Torrance from through the speakers that TorranceLearning in Chelsea has created a video about come each week. Rotary activities that will be premiered at the March 3 PLEASE SEE BASH/3-A Cash Bash fundraiser at Silver Maples of Chelsea.

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