Bittner said the goal of the city’s school system is ‘to move forward and improve it’

At the end of the May 17 Chelsea City Council meeting, council member Tiffany Bittner shared her thoughts on the July 12 special election that will determine whether the city will form its own school system.

Responding to comments made earlier in the meeting, Bittner said people shouldn’t decide whether their friend or neighbor votes, but rather find out the facts and look at the numbers. She also mentioned upcoming community forums to be hosted by Mayor Tony Picklesimer where residents can hear information ahead of the July vote.

“The one-cent sales tax is not being taken away from schools,” Bittner said. “This will be included in what the plan is to provide better to schools in the future. That’s the whole point…to take what the Shelby County School Board has provided our students and move forward and make it better.

She said the goal is not to cut services, including AP courses, career technology and special needs courses, but simply an effort to build on what is already in place and improve it.

Bittner noted that the Nick Grants have provided more than $1 million to Chelsea schools for classroom resources.

“If that’s not proof enough, the board has a heart for the schools, not just for the facilities, but also in the classrooms,” she said. “A few years ago a lot of people were against us providing the one-cent sales tax, but I think the proof is in the pudding. If you look at the success of this program, I think it’s undeniable.

The only items on the meeting’s agenda were the approval of Grady and Marsha Parsons’ annexation applications for property at 1786 Highway 32, Columbiana (comprising 6.8 acres and 2.52 acres) and for Nicholas and Andrea Bailey for a property located at 281 Twelve Oaks Circle. (consisting of 8.3 acres).

The council also approved payment of the city’s bills.

During the community forum, Emily Sims reported that registration for the library’s summer reading program opens online on Monday, May 25 and offers something for all ages. Also this summer there will be weekly movies on Tuesdays and shows on Wednesdays. Both will take place at the Chelsea Community Center and information is available on the library’s website. An introduction to teen theater will begin soon for teens, as well as a Dungeons and Dragons club.

Jane Ann Mueller, director of programs at the Chelsea Community Center, said the Melrose Park Splash Pad is open and already seeing record numbers.

Season Passes, Family Passes and Punch Cards are available for purchase on the Community Center website. The paddling pool is open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $2 per day for children two years and older and admission is good for the whole day.

The Chelsea Community Center also recently won the Best of the Best award for Shelby County Recreation Centers for the sixth year in a row.

The Chelsea Citizen Observer Patrol (COP) recently recruited four new members and manager Carols Sanders said she is currently looking for more members. More information can be found at

Important appointments:

  • May 23: meeting of the planning committee, 6 p.m.
  • May 30: City Hall closed for Memorial Day
  • June 7 and 21: Municipal councils, 6 p.m.
  • July 2: ChelseaFest/Big Kaboom, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • July 4: Town Hall closed for Independence Day
  • July 12: Special election at City Hall, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • July 23: Bulk waste collection day

Jeremy S. McLain