Seneca Township residents have one new amendment to the zoning ordinance, while a second proposal was turned down.
The new rule requires a minimum of 850 square feet of floor space for any dwelling unit. The figure was increased to match the minimum established for mobile homes in the township.
The change was a recommendation by the township planning commission, along with a second proposal for control over the height of grass and weeds in yards. That proposal was unanimously rejected.
Both proposals were discussed at the May 12 meeting.
Board members voted to accept a bid from S & S Builders to replace the siding on the front of the township hall, along with several other needs including painting the sign and doors and replacing glass in the doors.
The board discussed the shortage of funds in the budget to handle suggested road repairs. Township resident John Martinez requested a second brine application.
Township supervisor Kiel Plummer will obtain an estimate from the Road Commission. Contracts were tabled until the June 9 meeting.
PA 116—Gould Farms Partnership submitted another PA 116 application, a state program offering tax incentives to preserve farmland.
DIVISION—A parcel division application was received from the Alice E. Sutherland living trust. The application calls for 2.65 acres to stay with the house and barn, while the remaining 29 acres will be split off and sold for farming.
NORTH MORENCI—Russ and Cinny Tompkins asked about the progress with a problem in North Morenci where an adjacent land owner pushed soil onto the Tompkins’ land from septic work. Water now drains onto the Tompkins’ property.
Plummer said that township attorney Dan Bruggeman is handling the issue and will contact them.
Letters will be sent to several North Morenci property owners advising them to clean up their property.
EMS—Board members learned that the Morenci Area EMS account stood at $15,093 at the end of April, with no bank loan.