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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    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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