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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    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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