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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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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