Wording set for Seneca turbine referendum 2012.05.16

Written by David Green.

Wording for the referendum on Seneca Township’s new wind energy ordinance was approved by the township board Monday. The issue will appear on the Aug. 7 primary election ballot.

Voters will see the following question on the ballot:

“Shall the Seneca Township Zoning Ordinance be adopted as described in the Seneca Township Zoning Amendment named Seneca Township Wind Energy Facility Ordinance to allow regulations on wind energy systems within Seneca Township?”

The board approved an election resolution that outlined the process leading up to the referendum, starting with the planning commission’s approval of the ordinance in January, the township board’s adoption of the ordinance in March, and the filing of petitions in April calling for a referendum.

A “yes” vote approves the ordinance as written and a “no” vote calls for the planning commission to reject the ordinance. Opponents of the ordinance are calling for changes that they think will better protect residents from potential problems associated with wind turbines.

CLEAN-UP—Township supervisor John Gould noted that only two bins of trash were collected at the spring clean-up May 12. He suggested that the board might want to consider scheduling only one collection a year instead of two.

BUDGET—Board members heard the second reading of the proposed 2012-13 budget, calling for expenses of $260,900 and revenue of $257,900.

JULY—The board decided to meet July 16 so action could begin on road work sooner. Typically the board doesn’t meet in July. The Brown Road project, for example, can’t get underway until the next budget year, Gould explained, and he would rather not wait until August for approval.

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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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    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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    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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