Seneca Township board meeting 7.10

Written by David Green.

Seneca Township board members voted last month to join Morenci and Medina Township in raising the ambulance service fee by 10 percent.

The annual assessment charged each residence increases from $75 to $82.50.

Pay increases are included in the 2008-09 budget approved by the board. The annual salary for the supervisor and treasurer will increase by $500 to $8,100. The township clerk’s pay takes a bigger jump, from $8,500 to $9,600.

Trustees will now be paid $150 for each meeting, up from $100, and the hourly rate will increase from $9 to $11. Jan Emmons will receive $15 for cleaning the township hall—up from $10.

A PA116 application was approved for property owned by Gould Farms and a second application from the Goulds will be considered at the August meeting.

EMS—The balance in the Morenci Area EMS budget stood at $11,376 as of May 31, with no bank loan remaining.

FUNDING—Don Emmons learned at the May township association meeting that state revenue sharing was expected to remain the same as last year.

FEES—Building inspector Kevin Arquette is expected to attend the August township meeting to discuss the fee schedule for building permits.

DRAIN—Ken Waldfogel spoke to the board about drain problems on Railroad Street. He was told by the Lenawee County Drain Commission that it’s a township drain and the board could contract with the commission for repairs.

ROAD—Elliott Highway will be wedged but not sealed due to lack of funds.

MEETINGS—The next township board meeting is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11. A board of review meeting will be announced later this month.

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    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
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    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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