Seneca Township board 01.20.2010

Written by David Green.

Appointments are expiring for several Seneca Township board positions and anyone interested in serving should contact the clerk.

Township supervisor John Gould expects some people serving to seek reappointment.

The planning commission has two seats  expiring and there is one seat each on the zoning board of appeals, the board of review and the construction board of review.

All applicants should submit a letter of interest to township clerk Allison Ott at 5732 W. Ridgeville Rd., Sand Creek, MI 49279.

At the Jan. 11 meeting, the board heard an update on the special trash collection in North Morenci. Approximately five tons of material was removed by Allied Waste at a cost of $366. Gould, Pat Spooner and Russ Tompkins volunteered to load the waste. The trash came from three properties, Gould said.

Gould said he would call the county health department to find out about the violation the agency charged against North Morenci resident Sharon King.

At the Dec. 14 meeting, Gould reported that about 95 percent of King’s old house trailer was cleaned up.

The board voted to send a letter to King to address complaints lodged by township residents about the condition of the property. They also decided to send the building inspector to her new premises since it was being lived in without an occupancy permit.

WEBSITE—Treasurer Marie Meinke conducted an informal survey of residents when they paid their taxes about the development of a township website. A majority stated the township doesn’t have the funds to devote to a website, Meinke said.

At the December meeting, Dustin Alcock told the board he would create a 30-page website for about $800 and charge $45 an hour for updates. There would also be a $10 monthly hosting fee.

No formal bids have been sought.

REFUND—Township resident Dayna Cordts is requesting a refund of the $250 she spent for a second special use permit for her child care facility. She also wants the township to cover the $300 cost of attorney fees she paid in a dispute regarding a fence at her business.

At the December planning commission meeting, members voted 4-1 voted four in favor and an abstention by Jim Heiney to correct the wording on Cordts’s special use permit to remove mention of a fence and to correctly classify her facility as a group child care home. The township board voted 3-2 previously to seek the correction from the planning commission.

RECALL—Gould said Monday of this week that after speaking with Lenawee County clerk Roxann Holloway and Morenci city clerk Renée Schroeder, he estimates the cost of the recall election at not more than $1,500—far less than other estimates given.

SPLIT—A land division application for John and Peggy Zachel was approved. The Zachels intend to split off the property they are donating to the Michigan Nature Association.

DEPUTY—Ott appointed Beverly Pickles to serve as the deputy township clerk.

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