Candidates: Several terms expiring in Morenci and Fayette 2013.04.17

Written by David Green.

There's the potential for lots of changes in Morenci and Fayette this fall following the November election. In Morenci, three city council terms expire this year, along with the mayor. In Fayette, four village council seats and four school board positions expire.

MORENCI—City residents interested in seeking a city council position must act fast to get on the ballot. Nominating petitions must be filed at city hall by May 14 in order to appear on the Aug. 6 primary ballot, if needed, and on the Nov. 5 general election ballot.

Candidates must be registered voters of the City of Morenci at least one year prior to the election. Petitions must be signed by at least 25 qualified electors of the city.

The city council terms of Tracy Schell, Greg Braun and Robert Jennings expire this year. Jennings has stated that he will not seek another term since he expects to be moving from the area. Council terms are for four years.

The term of mayor Keith Pennington also expires this year. Pennington is seeking the job of city administrator/clerk, but no hiring decision has been made. Council’s Finance and Legal committee announced last week it was extending the application period and listing the job with the Michigan Municipal League. The mayor's post is a two-year term.

Board of education members now serve six-year terms, with elections scheduled in even years. Three board seats will expire at the end of 2014.

FAYETTE—Fayette and Fayette school district residents have until Aug. 7 to file as candidates. Petition packets are available at the Board of Elections office in Wauseon.

The village council terms held by Diane Brubaker, Rodney Kessler, Mat Johnson and Julia Ruger all expire at the end of the year. Council positions are for four-year terms.

School board seats held by Pam Seiler and Deb Leininger expire this year, but two others must also be filled. David Brinegar was appointed to fill a vacant seat and Karen King's replacement—yet to be appointed—would have to seek election to continue serving after the end of the year. King announced that she will leave the board June 28.

Two of the school board seats are for four-year terms, but the two for the appointed positions will expire Dec. 21, 2015.

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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    LATEST CRAZE—David Cortes (left) and Ty Kruse, along with Jerred Heselschwerdt (standing), consult their smartphones while engaging in the game of Pokémon Go. The virtual scavenger hunt comes to life when players are in the vicinity of gyms, such as Stair District Library, and PokéStops such as the fire station across the street. The boys had spent time Monday morning searching for Pokémon at Wakefield Park.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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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
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    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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