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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    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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