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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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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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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    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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