Seneca voters repeal wind farm ordinance 2012.08.15

Written by David Green.

Seneca Township voters repealed an ordinance governing wind energy facilities by only five votes, 135-130.

Township board members will now have to decide if they wish to rewrite the ordinance or have no ordinance in place. 

The board approved a wind energy ordinance in March, but shortly after it was passed, township resident Lori Glisson began circulating petitions calling for a referendum on the law. She wants to see an ordinance that would site wind turbines further from residences.

Glisson said she knew the vote would be close. She intends to follow the board’s actions to make sure a new ordinance would provide better protection for township residents.

Only 31 percent of the township’s registered voters cast a vote on the issue.

Other results

Democrat Jim Berryman will try to unseat state representative Nancy Jenkins in November after he defeated Harvey Schmidt 2,260-1,989 in the primary election.

Jim Driskill of Addison easily defeated incumbent county commissioner Rob Hall of Hudson, 521-287. Driskill will run unopposed in November. Hall served as a commissioner for the third district, which includes Morenci, for 14 years.

Kurt Haskell defeated Ruben Marquez by a 2-to-1 margin and will face incumbent U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg in November.

Morenci school district voters renewed the non-homestead tax levy 338-118. County-wide, voters strongly approved a 0.25 mill increase for senior citizen services and a renewal of the levy supporting the Lenawee Medical Care Facility.

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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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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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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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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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