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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    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.
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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.

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