Grant funds awarded to ChMS for student computers

CHELSEA – The Chelsea City Council voted on July 21 to award Nick Grant funds to Chelsea Middle School for computers students may use in the upcoming school year.

The council unanimously approved a resolution to award grant funds in the amount of $15,480 to purchase the computers, which will enhance ChMS’s virtual learning as schools in Shelby County prepare to offer remote and in-person instruction as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Nick Grant Program was formed in 2019 after the council approved a 1-cent sales tax increase to generate funds for projects at the city’s five schools.

Funds generated from the tax increase are managed by the council and earmarked for education.

Mayor Tony Picklesimer said the city’s revenues have remained steady throughout the pandemic, thanks in part to citizens shopping at local businesses.

“It’s great to see,” he said.

In other business, the council voted to accept a donated 2010 Dodge Charger from Shelby County.

The council also heard an update from Chelsea Public Library Children’s and Programming Director Emily Sims, who reported the library’s summer reading program is going smoothly.

One of the virtual programs the library staff livestreamed at City Hall has garnered more than 440 views, Sims said.

“We are very thrilled at the turnout so to speak of our virtual programming,” Sims said, adding that free virtual programming packets for upcoming crafts and activities are available for pickup at the library. “We’re very excited about everything that we’re able to still continue to do, even if it is virtual.”

Sims said those who come into the library are asked to wear masks, and anyone exhibiting symptoms of illness is asked to stay at home.

Picklesimer recognized members of the Chelsea Citizen Observer Patrol (COP) for their help with traffic control following a storm that downed trees on Liberty Road.

“I don’t know what we’d do without them,” Picklesimer said. “They just do such a terrific job, and I appreciate them all very much.”