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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