Seneca Township board meeting 6.11

Written by David Green.

Seneca Township residents have one new amendment to the zoning ordinance, while a second proposal was turned down.

The new rule requires a minimum of 850 square feet of floor space for any dwelling unit. The figure was increased to match the minimum established for mobile homes in the township.

The change was a recommendation by the township planning commission, along with a second proposal for control over the height of grass and weeds in yards. That proposal was unanimously rejected.

Both proposals were discussed at the May 12 meeting.

Board members voted to accept a bid from S & S Builders to replace the siding on the front of the township hall, along with several other needs including painting the sign and doors and replacing glass in the doors.

The board discussed the shortage of funds in the budget to handle suggested road repairs. Township resident John Martinez requested a second brine application.

Township supervisor Kiel Plummer will obtain an estimate from the Road Commission. Contracts were tabled until the June 9 meeting.

PA 116—Gould Farms Partnership submitted another PA 116 application, a state program offering tax incentives to preserve farmland.

DIVISION—A parcel division application was received from the Alice E. Sutherland living trust. The application calls for 2.65 acres to stay with the house and barn, while the remaining 29 acres will be split off and sold for farming.

NORTH MORENCI—Russ and Cinny Tompkins asked about the progress with a problem in North Morenci where an adjacent land owner pushed soil onto the Tompkins’ land from septic work. Water now drains onto the Tompkins’ property.

Plummer said that township attorney Dan Bruggeman is handling the issue and will contact them.

Letters will be sent to several North Morenci property owners advising them to clean up their property.

EMS—Board members learned that the Morenci Area EMS account stood at $15,093 at the end of April, with no bank loan.

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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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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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    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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