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.

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    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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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
  • Funcolor
    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.

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