Seneca township board 2012.12.26

Written by David Green.

The old Canandaigua store was brought to the attention of the Seneca Township board at the Dec. 10 meeting.

Complaints about the condition of the structure were discussed several years ago and the building was slated for demolition. It's still standing, but deterioration has continued and board members have heard several concerns about the safety of the structure.

Township clerk Allison Ott said the property was recently purchased at the last tax sale. A letter will be sent to the new owner with a request to contact township supervisor John Gould.

The building was headed toward demolition in 2002 after complaints were lodged about its condition. In 2004, a new owner bought the building in a tax sale and planned renovations for use as a rental facility.

Meredith Mathews of the Donna Baker and Associates accounting firm gave board members a good report from the annual audit. The township's accounting procedures were given top grades—an unqualified opinion—and the financial condition of the township remains stable.

WEBSITE—A proposal from Mixed Molly (Molly Mason) was accepted for the construction of a township website. The township will pay $1,000 for the design of the site and one year of maintenance. In the future, the township will pay only for hosting and maintenance of the site.

INSPECTOR—Building inspector Kevin Arquette informed the board that his certification is good through 2015.

TAXES—Taxes will be collected at the township hall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Current taxes can also be paid at First Federal Bank in Morenci or by contacting treasurer Marie Meinke at 517/445-2138.

VISITORS—Eleven visitors attended the meeting.

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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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