November election results 2011.11.16

Written by David Green.

There were no contested races for Morenci voters, but that wasn’t the case in Fayette.

Incumbent mayor Ruth Marlatt turned back a challenge from Craig Rower, 196-119, to win another term in office.

Another incumbent, David Borer, was reëlected to the village council by garnering the most votes, 204, and he will be joined by newcomer David Wheeler who polled 172 votes. Two unsuccessful candidates were Suzette Boesger with 108 votes and Jerry Gonzales with 99.

The contested positions brought out a 45-percent turnout with 324 voters.

Fayette’s school renewal millage found strong support with 464 “yes” votes to 256 “no.”

Superintendent of schools Russell Griggs thanked those who supported the millage and spoke of the importance of the vote to the district.

“In the current economic climate, passage of any levy is a vote of confidence for the district,” he said. “Passage today means the funds generated from this levy will be collected through 2017.”

Griggs said he is proud to work in a district that continues to support the school district during very difficult economic times.

Kirk Keiser, Karen King and Pam Seiler retained their board of education seats.

MORENCI—Morenci mayor Keith Pennington, running unopposed, received 187 votes. Three council candidates filling three empty seats were Jeff Bell with 180 votes, Rebecca Berger with 174 votes and Brenda Spiess with 169.

The Lenawee County proposal to establish a 0.25-mill levy for economic development work was defeated, 6,957-4,125.

OTHER RACES—In Chesterfield Township, Peggy Volkman defeated Lilly Armstrong for fiscal officer, 178-139. Clark Emmons ran unopposed for trustee.

In Franklin Township, Michael Kinsman edged Mark Ballmer for trustee, 121-119. Josh Grime unseated John Winzeler as fiscal officer, 129-106.

In Gorham Township, incumbent Michael Figgins ran unopposed for fiscal officer and incumbent Randy Merillat ran unopposed for trustee.

The Evergreen school district levy for an additional 0.25 mills was defeated, 1,070-996. In Lyons, John Arquette ran unopposed for mayor. John Good and Ty Walker were unopposed for council positions.

A majority of Fulton County voters favored the repeal of Senate Bill 5 that would have restricted collective bargaining, 8,681-6,237.

  • Front.fireworks
    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
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    ONE-TWO PUNCH—Morenci’s Griffin Grieder saved his best for last, running his fastest time ever in the 110-meter high hurdles at the state finals Saturday in Grand Rapids to finish first in the state in Div. IV. His brother Luke, a junior (right), claimed the state runner-up spot. Bulldog junior Bailee Dominique placed seventh in the 100-meter dash.
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    MORENCI senior class president Mikayla Price leads the way Sunday afternoon from the Church of the Nazarene to the United Methodist Church for the baccalaureate ceremony. Later in the day, 39 members of the senior class received diplomas in the high school gymnasium.
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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.
  • Front.teacher Leading
    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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