Seneca board wants demolition of old Canandaigua store 2013.04.17

Written by David Green.

As the condition of the former Canandaigua store continues to deteriorate, Seneca Township board members voted April 8 to order demolition of the building.

The board voted unanimously to direct township attorney Dan Bruggeman to send a notice to building owner Charlene Smith of rural Clayton to have the building demolished within 60 days due to the unsafe condition.

If the owner fails to act, said township clerk Allison Ott, the next step for the board would be to seek a court order calling for demolition. Portions of the roof have collapsed onto the second floor of the structure.

BUDGET—The board reviewed the proposed budget for 2013-14. The budget includes no pay raises and not much change, Ott said, however it is a balanced budget unlike a year ago that fell short by $500.

FIRE—The board approved a contract with the Morenci Fire Department for fire protection services.

ROADS—The board received a bid to sealcoat the township's portion of Yankee Road. The price was high, Ott said, and board members might choose to reject the bid.

CLEANUP—The next Seneca Township clean-up day is scheduled from 7 a.m. until noon on June 15.

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