Seneca Twp. board votes to enforce permit 2009.09.30

Written by David Green.

Seneca Township board members voted 3-2 Sept. 14 to enforce a special use permit for a child care center.

Allison Ott, Marie Meinke and Don  Emmons voted in favor of enforcing the permit, while John Gould and Chris White were opposed.

A special use permit was approved by the planning commission Aug. 3 for Dayna Cordts to operate a child care facility in an area zoned for residential use.

The permit requires the erection of a fence around a 5,000 square foot area. If Cordts does not comply, the situation will be reported to state child care licensing officials.

Cordts said later she will continue fighting the requirement since the township zoning ordinances don’t mention the word fence for child care facilities. The requirement calls for the property to be “screened” from adjacent lots.

TAX COLLECTION—Board members learned that Sand Creek Telephone Company will provide a temporary DLS internet connection at the township hall from Dec. 1 to March 31 for tax collection and for the board of review.

In the past, tax payments have been received at the treasurer’s home. With the DSL line at the township hall, the treasurer will be able to connect with the county’s tax records. Use of the county system now mandated, Ott said.

The connection will allow the treasurer, Meinke, to see what is owed, record payments and give receipts—all instantly recorded on the county database.

Tax collections at the township hall are scheduled from Dec. 26 to Feb. 16. Additional dates will be determined.

PLANNERS—White and planning commission member John Martinez were to attend a zoning workshop Sept. 23, presented by the Region 2 Planning Commission.

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