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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    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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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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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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