OAKLAND — Police officers, firefighters and Town Office personnel will continue to work in three separate, aging structures after voters Tuesday rejected a proposed $4.9 million combined municipal facility, 1,165-841.

The committee had proposed erecting a 27,953-square-foot state-of-the-art facility on the town-owned site of the three current structures on Fairfield Street.

The $4.9 million price tag represented $56 annually in property taxes on a $100,000 home, or slightly more than $1 a week.

Fisher wins council seat

In other voting, nine-year Town Council veteran Mark Fisher defeated former 30-plus-year council member Ralph Farnham Jr., 1,083-768.

Farnham had been ousted in a four-way race for two seats in 2010.

Fisher, a self-described fiscal conservative, said one of his top priorities would be to maintain the property tax rate and push for Oakland to be more involved in promoting local job creation.

Tracy takes school board race

In the three-way race for one Oakland seat on the Regional School Unit 18 Board of Directors, incumbent Laura Tracy, a school director since 1997 and chairwoman since 2009, bested challengers Darroll J. Everett and Charles E. Terrio.

Tracy received 994 votes, while Terrio garnered 485 and Everett tallied 251.

Tracy said she was committed to ensuring all district children have the opportunity to get a good education. “I think I’m here for the right reasons,” she said. “I’m here for all kids and to support the teachers. I know taxpayers are concerned about the budget and I am too.”

Liquor sales approved

Two articles to allow liquor sales in town both passed.

The first, which asked voters if they wanted the town to authorize the state to allow agency liquor stores to operate in Oakland from Monday through Saturday, passed 1,344-632.

The second, which asked if agency liquor stores could operate on Sunday, passed 1,187-794.

Jeffrey Austin, state supervisor of liquor licensing and inspection, said based on Oakland’s population of 6,240, there could be as many as four agency liquor stores in town.

Beth Staples — 861-9252
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