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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    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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    LATEST CRAZE—David Cortes (left) and Ty Kruse, along with Jerred Heselschwerdt (standing), consult their smartphones while engaging in the game of Pokémon Go. The virtual scavenger hunt comes to life when players are in the vicinity of gyms, such as Stair District Library, and PokéStops such as the fire station across the street. The boys had spent time Monday morning searching for Pokémon at Wakefield Park.
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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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    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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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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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.

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