2008.08.20 Kiel Plummer

Written by David Green.

An Open letter to the Residents of Seneca Township


The Seneca Township Board says thank you, thank you, thank you for your support by voting for the Township Millage (a renewal of 2 mills for 4 years) for the repair or replacement of Township roads and bridges. This will allow the Township to continue funding this important function.

The last millage, 2 mills for 4 years, produced $281,123.67 over that period. In addition, $117,386.38 was taken from the Township General Fund for a total of $398,460.05 that has been spent by the end of the fiscal 2007-08 budget year (June 30, 2008).

A highlight listing of the many projects included the new Elliott Highway bridge over Black Creek. This new bridge with a load rating of 74 tons means school buses and fire trucks can now use that road which they could not use on the old bridge (rated at 6 tons). The bridge cost was $142,944.31 and the balance of $10,127.52 will be paid in September of 2008. The Lenawee County Road Commission allowed the Township to pay the bridge cost with a down payment and three yearly installments with a no interest loan.

Additional projects included: replacement of 12 culverts and two tiles at various locations on Ridgeville, Camburn, and Elliott roads; Seal coat topping on Rice between Morenci Road and the Ohio line, on Hickory, Wabash and Griffith in North Morenci, and on Center, Wabash, Railroad and St. Clair in Seneca Village; Wedge asphalt with seal coat topping on Elliott Highway between Packard and Weston roads.

Additional projects that deposits were paid for in fiscal 2007-08 and will be completed in fiscal 2008-09 are: A second salt brine application to be applied to all township gravel roads in late September; culvert replacements on Whaley and Clement roads; ditching at: and asphalt wedge coat topping on Elliott between Packard and Horton roads

Again, thank you for your support.

 – H. Kiel Plummer, Supervisor

Seneca Township

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