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.

  • Front.cross
    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in 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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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
  • Front.starting
    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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    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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