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.

  • Cecil
    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
  • Front.rest
    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
  • Front.batter
    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
  • Front.green Screen
    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
  • Front.fireworks
    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
  • Front.rock Study
    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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