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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    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.
    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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