Thursday, October 4, 2007

October Newsletter from the City of Chelsea

The City of Chelsea's October newsletter is now available online at

For your convenience, the full text is copied below:



Water Hydrant Flushing ~ The City Water Department will begin water hydrant flushing on Monday, October 8th. This flushing will take place for the next several weeks. The hours of flushing will be between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Water customers are asked to please check your water condition/color prior to doing laundry to avoid any problems. If you should experience discolored water, please allow the water to run for several minutes until it becomes clear. Thank you for your cooperation.

Electric Power Interruption – Sunday, October 7th ~ Chelsea Electric crews will be conducting work on the Industrial Park transformer in order to increase electrical capacity to the north side of the City. Residents and businesses on the north side of the railroad crossing received notices indicating that power will be discontinued for a period of time between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Your cooperation during the course of this project is very much appreciated. This would be a great day to take the family to the apple orchard or go pick out your Halloween pumpkin.

Brush Pick-up ~ Brush pick-up continues to be conducted by the City Public Works crews. Brush should be neatly stacked on the lawn extension (please cut limbs no longer than 4 feet). Schedule for brush pick up is the second Monday of each month (October 8th would be the 2nd Monday). Please stack your brush separately from your leaves on the lawn extension. Thank you.

Autumn Leaves Begin to fall ~ Chelsea City Public Works crews picks up leaves in the fall. Residents are asked to please rake leaves onto the lawn extension (not into the street, please). City crews will pick up leaves as their schedules permit throughout the fall months.

Fire Station Open House ~ Sunday, October 14 from 12noon to 4:00 p.m. [Leslie's note: see details on Things To Do In Chelsea]

Old U.S. 12 Road Resurfacing Project ~ Washtenaw County Road Commission has given the City notice that resurfacing work will begin October 1 on the stretch of roadway between Main Street (M-52) west to Gene Drive. One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained during construction activities, with intermittent traffic delays occurring. The project is scheduled to be completed in November. A temporary construction speed limit of 35 MPH is being established in this area.

Trick or Treating ~ Trick or Treating is scheduled to happen in the City on Wednesday, October 31 from 4-6 p.m. The Chelsea Kiwanis Club along with the Chelsea District Library will have activities planned on the front lawn of the library beginning at 6:00 p.m. All are invited.

Temporary Change in City Office Hours ~ The City is currently reviewing its office hours schedule to provide the best service to our residents. As part of this change, the City has temporarily changed its hours to 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday through December 21, 2007. The offices will also be conducting a customer service survey in November to obtain your input regarding how we can better service your needs. Watch for those surveys in your November utility bill.

November Election ~ The City Clerk’s office is reminding residents of the November 6th election date. The final day to register to vote for the November 6th election is Monday, October 8th. Absentee ballot applications are available at the City office for this election. City residents are reminded that you will vote at the Washington Street Education Center (cafeteria), 500 Washington Street. According to new state law, voters are required to present photo identification at this election. November 2nd at 4:00 p.m. is the deadline for anyone who is interested in running as a write-in candidate for City Council positions. If you should have any questions, please contact the City Clerk at 475-1771.

Please remember ….

  • No Parking between 2-5 a.m. on City streets.
  • Curbside garbage pick-up takes place on Tuesday. Orange garbage bags are available at the City Office as well as Aco Hardware, Chelsea Village Hardware, Chelsea Pharmacy and Vogel’s Party Store.
  • Recycling Curbside pickup takes place on Wednesday and Thursday of each week – Wednesday for residents in Lanewood subdivision, Pierce Lake Condos, Main Street and everything west of Main Street. Thursday for the remaining eastside of Main Street. For questions on recycling, please contact Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority at 475-6160.
  • Chelsea Transfer Station (which is located on Werkner Road) is open to the public on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 12noon to 4:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Bulk Item Pick-up is available through the Solid Waste Department. Residents may contact the Transfer Station (475-7955) to make arrangements for pick-up of your item(s). A disposal/pick-up charge will be quoted and arrangements will be made for a pick-up date. Items such as appliances, furniture and mattresses may all be disposed of in this manner.
  • City Automatic Utility Bill Payment – forms for direct payment withdrawal for utility bill payments of city utilities are available at the City Office or on the City’s web site: For additional information, please contact the City billing office at 475-1771.
  • Now that school is back in session, please remember to drive safely in school zones during times when children are traveling to and from school. Thank you.
  • Daylight Savings Time Ends – November 4, 2007 – please remember to set your clocks back 1 hour.
  • Dogs are not allowed to run at large in the City. If you are out walking your dogs, please make sure you carry your "doggie bag". Dog owners are also reminded to be considerate and not allow your dog to disturb neighbors by habitual barking, yelping, growling or howling. Thank you for being a responsible pet owner.

Please contact the City Office at (734) 475-1771 for more information about any of these items.

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