By Seth Kinker, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Chelsea Forum met on May 18, topics this month included discussions on the
Discussion centered on the utility rate increase recommendations from the city staff that include increasing the Ready to Serve Charge for electric by $1 dollar a month (also recommended by MPPA), increasing commercial and industrial rates by 4% beginning Jul. 1, and increasing residential rates by 2% beginning Jul. 1 with no proposal increased recommended for water or wastewater.
Council member Rick Catherman, who was in attendance at the forum, met with city staff to learn more about the rate increases. He reported that the current fixed rate doesn’t meet the fixed costs, the majority of those being salaries and wages, and the city is trying to keep the rates in line with the rising commercial and industrial rates.
Catherman also brought up the brief
Transparency was a repeated theme with information often posted on the city website with minutes and packets from prior meetings.
Finally, the forum talked about the housing commission and sustainability advisory commission, both commissioned by the city for one-year terms.
Vince Elie, a chair on the housing commission and now co-moderator of the forum, relayed that the information had been presented to council with suggestions on what they needed to do, with the big item being a comprehensive
The sustainability commission is still compiling
The Chelsea Forum meets the third Saturday of every month at 9 a.m. at the Chelsea Senior Center.