Seneca Township board 05.04.2011

Written by David Green.

Seneca Township has scheduled another tire collection in June.

The event is planned from 7 a.m. to noon June 25 at the township hall. As in the past, the event will be open to the public and a fee will be charged for the disposal of tires.

The township board approved April 11 a road maintenance contract with the Lenawee County Road Commission for 100 tons of stone costing $14,664. The contract specifies that the work will be completed within 60 days of the signed contract, at the township’s discretion for the location and timeline.

A contract was also approved for fire protection with the Morenci Fire Department for the 2011-12 budget year. Release of the 10 percent increase to the Morenci Area EMS was also approved.

CEMETERY—Board member Chris White volunteered to clean up brush at the Packard Cemetery.

VOTING—The township’s old voting machines will be sold as scrap, as previously approved by the board.

ANIMAL—Roy Speiser was granted permission to raise 4-H animals at his house on a temporary basis. He sought a temporary permit since his property doesn’t meet the three-acre minimum for farm animals.

PROPERTY—Pat Spooner spoke to the board about a North Morenci resident who has belongings on Spooner’s land. The board approved a motion to send a letter to the offender that gives a May 1 deadline to comply before the township takes legal action.

BUDGET—The board heard the first reading of the proposed 2011-12 budget.

COMMISSION—County commissioner Cletus Smith gave a report to the board about recent business that the commission is discussing.

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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
  • Funcolor
    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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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.

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