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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    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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