Seneca Township board 8.26.09

Written by David Green.

New electrical permit fees were approved by the Seneca Township Board at the Aug. 10 meeting.

The new fee scheduled calls for the following fees: water heater, $7; air conditioner, $10; sub panel, $10; administrative fee, $35; and an additional inspection, $30.

The fall trash collection day was approved for Sept. 26. Allied Waste will provide a collection truck from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

DRAIN—The board approved a resolution authorizing drain maintenance of excess of $5,000 a mile for work on the Seneca Drain 2 and Seneca Drain 2, Branch 2.

The Lenawee County Drain Commission needs authorization from local government when the cost of the work exceeds $5,000 a mile.

FENCE—Discussion with attorney Mark Bruggeman, representing the township, continued about the need for a fence at a child care facility on Weston Road owned by Dayna Cordts.

Township law requires a fenced area of at least 5,000 square feet for nursery schools, day nurseries and child care centers. Cordts claims she is exempt from the law because her facility is classified as a day care group home (for seven to 12 children).

Bruggeman advised one of two options: Comply with the fence ordinance or seek a variance to the 5,000 square foot requirement. If neither is done, the township must report the issue to state licensing authorities that rely on special use permits granted by local government units. Seneca’s permit includes the fence requirement.

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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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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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    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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