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Chelsea City Mayor

There shall be a city council consisting of six councilpersons and the mayor who shall be deemed a member of the council for all purposes.There shall be elected from the city at large, a mayor for a term of four (4) years and six (6) councilpersons for terms of four (4) years each.Section 3.7 POWERS AND DUTIES OF MAYOR; MAYOR PRO TEMThe mayor should preside at all meetings of the council. The mayor should be a full voting member of the council but shall have no veto power. He or she shall be the chief executive of the city insofar as required by law and for all ceremonial purposes. The mayor shall be the conservator of the peace and shall have the powers conferred by law upon sheriffs in times of emergency to suppress disorder, preserve the public peace and health and safety of persons and property and shall have other emergency powers as permitted by law. He or she shall authenticate by signature, such instruments as may be required under provisions of law. The mayor shall do all acts required of him or her by law.
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    Melissa Johnson non-practicing attorney, at home parent

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Biographical Information

What in your education and experience make you the best qualified candidate for this position?

What are your specific goals for the office and how will you work to accomplish them?

What actions would you take to ensure the character and vitality of downtown Chelsea?

Which areas of the the city budget would you fight to retain or increase? Which areas would you be willing to cut?

What can city council do to ensure that Chelsea is a great place for families to live?

Campaign Phone (734) 475-2436
How many years have you been a resident of Chelsea? My husband and I grew up in Chelsea and we returned here more than 10 years ago to raise our family.
Education B.A., College of Wooster J.D., Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington
I have a good understanding of how city government works and how governments can serve their community. I have been a city attorney, a Chelsea City Council Member and a Chelsea City Planning Commissioner. I have served and continue to serve on a variety of local and regional commissions, including those focusing on transportation, safety and parks and recreation. I have volunteered in our schools and for local organizations and have coached for Chelsea Recreation. I have lived in and have been an active member of the Chelsea community as a child and an adult, and I believe that I understand what makes Chelsea such a great place to live.
My overarching goal is to ensure that Chelsea remains a great place to live, work, and raise a family. In addition to maintaining a safe community with good infrastructure, Chelsea should focus on enhancing recreational and community facilities for people of all ages, continue to improve our motorized and non-motorized transportation systems, and look to diversify our housing options.
To ensure the vitality of downtown and its relevance to the community, the City and DDA must work together to focus on quality of place, support local businesses, and balance the needs of residents while attracting visitors. City-wide placemaking is important. Incubator, mentorship, and REU programs show Chelsea’s interest in attracting and retaining new businesses. Main Street is an economic, physical and cultural asset that we must preserve. Chelsea needs to engage other entities to work on complementary transportation systems and to keep our historic buildings and local character.
Maintaining good infrastructure and safety are essential. I would retain funding in both areas and will continue to seek increased funding for parks and recreation, non-motorized pathways, and the 3 E’s of traffic calming: education, engineering, and enforcement. The City should invest in improving its online presence and explore different economic development financing tools for capital improvements in the southern commercial district. The City’s fund balance and its sound practice of phasing in additional expenses as debt payments are retired or revenues increase allows for additional investment in priority projects.
A diverse demographic is vital to the economy, schools and longevity of Chelsea. To appeal to families, Chelsea must attract recreational and job opportunities for people of all ages, must have supportive relationships with our schools and businesses, plan for housing and facilities that attract families, and continue to improve biking and walking opportunities. Families in Chelsea need a year-round place for recreational, cultural, educational, and social opportunities. The City should work with local organizations to create a community center to support and grow Chelsea’s family demographics.

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