Seneca Township board 10.27

Written by David Green.

The Seneca Township board voted Oct. 11 to move forward with legal action regarding continuing complaints about property in North Morenci.

Sharon King owns two properties in North Morenci and has faced repeated complaints about outdoor trash and other violations of township ordinances.

Township attorney Dan Bruggeman was given authority to proceed with legal action.

Township resident Pat Spooner asked the board for suggestions regarding his efforts to clean the right-of-way along Hickory Street in North Morenci. Spooner has a permit to clean 449 feet and he said his efforts are being obstructed by residents. He was advised to call the county sheriff’s department for assistance.

MAEMS—The board accepted the resignation of Lori Drogowski from the Morenci Area EMS board. The board appointed Marie Meinke to serve as the township’s representative and she will be paid $50 for each meeting attended.

SCHOOLING—The board approved a request by Meinke, the township treasurer, to attend a training session sponsored by the Michigan Township Association.

The board denied a request by building inspector Kevin Arquette for reimbursement of training he takes to maintain his inspector license. The request was denied, explained township clerk Allison Ott, because the inspector job is contracted and he is not a township employee.

Township supervisor John Gould was to speak with Arquette about lining up a back-up inspector. Arquette will not be available for several weeks this winter.

TIRES—The used tire collection brought in $2,079 in fees and one trailer was filled. The costs of operating the collection are not yet all known. On the trash collection day, three bins were filled.

DITCH  WORK—The board authorized $4,000 to Andre Land Forming for ditch work on Ridgeville Road between Seneca and Clement.

ELECTION—The following inspectors for the Nov. 2 General Election were hired: Allison Ott, Marie Meinke, Marlene Kelly and Arlene McVay, with Shirley Vanderpool named as an alternate.

PLANNERS—The township planning commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday.


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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.

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