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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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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