General election results 2011.11.02

Written by David Green.

Morenci voters will see no contested positions in the city council race next week, while those in Fayette will have choices to make for both the mayor and council posts. The general election is scheduled Nov. 8.

Morenci voters will elect three council members to fill the chairs of three retiring councilors, but only three names are on the ballot.

Jeff Bell, Brenda Spiess and Rebecca Berger are expected to take office after the election. They will replace Leasa Slocum, Art Erbskorn and Jason Cook.

Morenci voters will join others in Lenawee County in deciding the fate of a 0.28-mill levy proposal that would raise money for economic development efforts.

If passed, the measure would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $14 a year for five years.

Fayette village—Voters will choose between two mayoral candidates. Incumbent Ruth Marlatt is seeking another term in office. She is challenged by former council member and interim mayor Craig Rower.

Voters will also choose two of four candidates for village council. David Borer is the only incumbent. Also on the ballot are former council member Jerry Gonzales and newcomers Suzette Boesger and Dave Wheeler.

Fayette schools—The board of education is seeking a five-year renewal of the existing 7.0-mill operating levy, beginning in 2012. School administrators call the levy essential for the continued operation of the school.

Lyons—Voters will decide whether or not to accept an electrical aggregation proposal from First Energy. 

There is no contest in the vote for a mayor and two council members.

Evergreen schools—An additional 0.25 percent income tax for current expenses, beginning Jan. 1, 2012, for five years.

The biggest measure among three state proposals is a referendum on a new law relating to union contracts and other employment contracts.

  • Play Practice
    DRAMA—Fayette schools, in conjunction with the Opera House Theater program, will present two plays Friday night at the Fayette Opera House. From the left is Autumn Black, Wyatt Mitchell, Elizabeth Myers, Jonah Perdue, Sam Myers (in the back) and Lauren Dale. Other cast members are Brynn Balmer, Mason Maginn, Ashtyn Dominique, Stephanie Munguia and Sierra Munguia. Jason Stuckey serves as the technician and Trinity Leady is the backstage manager. The plays will be performed during the day Friday for students and for the public at 7 p.m. Friday.
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    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
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    CLEARING THE WAY—Road crossings in the area on the construction route of the Rover natural gas pipeline are marked with poles and flags as preliminary work nears. Ditches and field entry points are covered with thick planks in many areas to support equipment for tree clearing operations. Actual pipeline construction is progressing across Ohio toward a collecting station near Defiance. That segment of the project is expected to wrap up in July. The 42-inch line through Michigan and into Ontario is scheduled for completion in November. The line is projected to transport 3.25 billion cubic feet of natural gas every day.
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    ON THE MOVE—Six goslings head out on manuevers with their parents in an area lake. Baby waterfowl are showing up in lakes and ponds throughout the area.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
  • Face Paint
    FUN NIGHT FUN—Savanna Miles sits patiently while Abbie White works on a face paint design Friday during the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Gracie Snead watches the progress after having spent time in the chair. Abbie was one of several volunteer painters, each creating their own unique look. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.

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