Seneca Township board 02.24.2010

Written by David Green.

The Seneca Township board voted Feb. 8 to send three residents to educational sessions.

Planning commission member John Martinez will attend a Citizen Planner Workshop at a cost of $350. The workshop teaches fundamentals of planning and zoning.

Rich Simpkins and Bob Walton attended a board of review school Feb. 12, at a cost of $10 each.

The March board of review is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon and and 1 to 4 p.m. March 8, and 2 to 5 and 6 to 9 p.m. March 9.

Walton was re-appointed to a two-year term on the planning commission and Scott Zuvers to a one-year term.

Simpkins was appointed to the board of review, with Burdette Bovee named an alternate.

Lori Drogowski was re-appointed as the township representative to the Morenci Area EMS board.

Construction board of appeals appointments will be made in the future.

REFUND—The board voted 4-1 to deny a request by Dayna Cordts for reimbursement of a special use permit ($250) and for attorney fees ($300). Township supervisor John Gould cast the “no” vote.

TRASH COLLECTION—Gould will call Allied Waste to obtain information about another option for garbage collection. Residents could buy tags and place them on garbage bags, using them only as needed. Allied would collect trash on a weekly basis, but residents would pay only for their tagged bags rather than a set monthly fee.

Gould said there’s a concern about the availability of tags since the township hall isn’t open on a regular basis. The board will continue discussion on the issue.

Gould will also inquire about the annual spring clean-up that he expects to be scheduled in April.

INSPECTION—Gould and building inspector Kevin Arquette were to inspect Sharon King’s property for an occupancy permit Feb. 11. Gould said later the permit was approved.

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    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
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    LEADING THE WAY—The Morenci Area High School marching band led the way across the pedestrian bridge on Morenci’s south side for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. The Band Boosters shared profits from the sale of T-shirts with the walk’s sponsor, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
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    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
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