Three people want the second selectman’s post in Vienna, and two people want to be road commissioner. The residents get to choose among the candidates at the polls on Friday.

Vying for the job of second selectman are former fire chief Steven Lilley Sr., Roger Pelton Jr. and incumbent Christopher Smith.

Roads appear to be the big issue driving the candidacies.

Lilley, 49, served with the fire department for 30 years and as fire chief two separate times. “We have some road issues,” he said, “and it’s time to go out and find some grants to pay for these roads.”

He works as parts and service director at Farmington Ford.

“It’s in my blood,” said Pelton, 42. “I’ve been into community service now for over 20 years.” Pelton said he’s a 22-year member of the fire department in Mount Vernon and a past selectman there, where he helped the town receive a number of grants. He’s hoping to do that for Vienna.

“We have to be able to get more money to ease the tax burden,” he said. “We either find the money some place else or increase the tax burden. People don’t want taxes to go up.”

Smith, 49, a building contractor, has been in office for 12 years.

“There’s lots of projects in town that I’d still like to be part of and finish and complete,” Smith said.

Competing to be the road commissioner are incumbent Daniel Goucher, who is seeking a third year in office, and Darrell Watson, a captain in the Vienna Fire Department.

Doris (Dodi) Thompson is running for re-election as first selectperson and Jeffrey Rackliff is seeking re-election as third selectman.

Also seeking re-election and running unopposed on the ballot are Annie Tibbetts for tax collector and town clerk and Martha Gross for treasurer.

The election is set for 4-8 p.m. Friday with the business portion of the annual Town Meeting beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Vienna Community Room, Kimball Pond Road.

The town, which has a population of 573, has a budget of about $1.1 million, which includes funding for the schools and county tax. The proposed municipal budget shows an increase of about $20,000, Thompson said.

“We raised winter roads by $10,000 to $162,000,” said Thompson. Thompson also said it was too soon to figure out the tax rate because the school appropriation amount is still unknown.

The tax rate in Vienna is $17.20 for each $1,000 worth of property value.

“If it goes up, it won’t be much,” Thompson said, adding that actions taken at the town meeting could affect that number.

Among the items on the warrant is an article that would authorize selectmen to continue multi-year contracts for such things as waste management and snow removal.

Other big ticket items on the warrant are $55,000 for waste management and $92,000 for paving.

Smith said one of the increases in the proposed town budget is $5,000 more for the fire department, which brings the recommended amount for the department’s operating expenses to $35,500.

“They’ve just been holding the same budget for a long time,” Smith said, adding that any money left in that fund rolls into a special account that pays for big repairs for the firetruck.

Another warrant article up for approval would amend the cell tower ordinance setback requirements.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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Twitter: @betadams


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