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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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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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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    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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