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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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
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    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.

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