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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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    LATEST CRAZE—David Cortes (left) and Ty Kruse, along with Jerred Heselschwerdt (standing), consult their smartphones while engaging in the game of Pokémon Go. The virtual scavenger hunt comes to life when players are in the vicinity of gyms, such as Stair District Library, and PokéStops such as the fire station across the street. The boys had spent time Monday morning searching for Pokémon at Wakefield Park.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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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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    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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    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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