Voters in many local cities and towns will head to the polls Tuesday to decide a variety of issues.

While there are no statewide issues on the ballot, voters in various towns will decide whether to approve town warrant items with regard to fire trucks, legal fees, a charter commission and alcohol consumption.

In some towns, there are contested races for local select boards or road commissioner.


City voters will pick a new city councilor and a new school board member in Tuesday’s elections.

The races for both seats are uncontested.


Dan Emery, a former city councilor, is the only candidate for an at-large position on the council made vacant when David Rollins, who previously held that at-large seat, was elected mayor.

Edward Hastings is the only candidate for an at-large position on the school board, a position vacated when Kimberly Martin, who held the post before, was elected chairwoman of the school board.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the following locations:

• Ward 1: Augusta Armory, 179 Western Ave.

•Ward 2: Augusta City Center: 16 Cony St.

•Ward 3: Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Drive


•Ward 4: Cony High School, 60 Pierce Drive


Polls are open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at Starling Hall. Jon Beekman is running unopposed for re-election to a three-year seat on the Board of Selectmen. Diane Polky, current vice chairman, and Rachael Holland are seeking the two three-year seats on the School Board. No candidate is listed on the ballot for a one-year seat to finish out Jennifer Bero’s term.


The one question on the city’s municipal ballot is a procedural one. City councilors are asking the public if it wants to form a commission to review Hallowell’s charter, a decision prompted last year as councilors considered the employee appointment process outlined in the guiding document.

Now, the mayor and city manager split the role of appointing city officials somewhat awkwardly. For example, the mayor picks the city clerk and fire chief while the manager picks the police chief and city attorney with all appointments ratified by councilors. City Manager Michael Starn has called that “archaic.”


If the question passes, voters will pick one commission member from each of Hallowell’s five wards in the November election, while councilors get to select three members. Residents can vote from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Hall-Dale Elementary School on Garden Lane.


Voting is 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Litchfield Sportsmen’s Club, 2782 Hallowell Road.

There are no local contested races.

Voters will be asked to ratify or reject the Regional School Unit 4 budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which is up $705,000 to nearly $19 million. Litchfield’s share of that budget would be $3.6 million, or $451,000 more than this year.



Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Manchester Fire Station for local elections Tuesday.

All positions are uncontested.

Candidates include Dawn Kliphan and Jeremy Pare for two spots as selectmen; Pia Holmes and Alexander Wright for two spots representing Manchester on the Regional School Unit 38 School Board; and Warren Foster and James Nevins for two Sanitary District Trustee positions.

There are no declared candidates for two available spots on the Manchester Elementary School Advisory Committee.


Polls are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the lower library at Cumston Hall, 796 Main St.


Incumbent Harold Jones III is facing a challenge from Sandra Schiller for a seat on the board of selectmen.

Voters will decide during the referendum-style town meeting whether to build a new sidewalk to the elementary school and enter into a lease/purchase agreement for two new firetrucks to replace three existing trucks.

Overall spending in the proposed 2015-16 fiscal year municipal budget is down $39,000 from this year. Lunt said revenue from the state is expected to increase by $33,000. Thus the total to be raised by property taxes to support the municipal budget, $1.88 million, is down more than $50,000 from this year.

The proposed budget for RSU 2, which also includes Dresden, Farmingdale, Hallowell and Richmond, is up $244,000. A validation referendum on the budget will take place Tuesday.

The school and municipal budgets combined would prompt a 2 percent increase in property taxes from $15.60 for every $1,000 of property valuation to $15.90. That means someone who owns a home valued by the town at $150,000 would see taxes go from $2,340 per year to $2,385 per year.



Polls are open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at Community Center, 2 Main St.

Clyde Dyar is running for reelection to a three-year seat on the select board where he is currently chairman. Patricia Jackson and Michael Apolito, who were both filling vacancies, are running for election.

Jackson is seeking election to a three-year set and Apolito a two-year seat. A one-year seat is available but no candidates have come forward.

Jeff Kent is retiring as road commissioner, and Lee Dunn and Brett Roberts are seeking the one-year position.

Rachel Meader is unopposed for re-election as town clerk and tax collector, and Martha Gross is seeking re-election as treasurer, all one-year terms.



All 57 articles on the Readfield Town Meeting warrant will be decided at the polls on Tuesday. This is the first time the town has handled its business via secret ballot.

Voting is set for 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Town Office.

The change in voting style is a result of efforts last year led by Eugene “Gene” Carbona Jr., who is one of four candidates seeking two seats on the Readfield select board.

The other candidates are Bruce Bourgoine, James Marr and Christine Sammons.

Shawn Roderick, who has been on the school board for a year, is seeking election to a full, three-year term. A second seat is available, but no candidate’s name appears on the ballot.

Selectmen and the budget committee have opposite recommendations on some of the articles proposed.


One article supported by selectmen and the Budget Committee proposes using $250,183 from the undesignated fund balance to reduce the total tax commitment for the upcoming year. Last year, $100,000 was used.

The Budget Committee also wants to add $7,000 extra to the $43,146 already proposed for “General Government for Assessing and Code Enforcement/Plumbing Inspector/Building Inspector,” citing an anticipated increase in the demand for services. Selectmen are opposed to that.


Local elections including races for two selectmen’s seats and one school board position are uncontested on Tuesday’s ballot.

Gary Poulin and O’Neil LaPlante are the only candidates for two available spots as selectmen.

Russell Hughes is the only candidate seeking to represent Richmond on the Regional School Unit 2 school board on a two-year term.


Jay Brown is the only candidate seeking to represent Richmond on the Regional School Unit 2 school board on a three-year term.

There are also uncontested elections for two seats on the Richmond Utilities District and two positions on the Budget Committee.

Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Richmond High School.


Voting is set for 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ladd Recreation Center at 26 Gott Road.

Voters will decide whether to spend $15,000 for legal fees associated with “quieting the title” of a 118-acre parcel of land on Wilson Pond that the town acquired through nonpayment of taxes.


Two articles will ask residents if they want to allow the sale of alcohol for consumption on premises. One article would allow the practice Monday through Saturday and the second would allow the sales on Sunday.


Voters will decide whether to borrow $350,000 to buy a new firetruck in a secret ballot vote Tuesday.

Windsor Volunteer Fire Department officials have proposed purchasing a new pumper truck with a six-person cab to replace a 28-year-old truck they said is due for replacement because of its age and deteriorating condition.

The truck could cost up to $410,000. The purchase, if approved, would be funded by the $350,000 in requested borrowing, $50,000 from a fire safety capital reserve fund, and $10,000 from the fire department’s fundraising account.

Voters Tuesday will also elect municipal and school officials, though all races are uncontested.


Daniel Gordon and Ray Bates are running for two selectmen’s seats.

There are five positions up for election on the Budget Committee with only one declared candidate, Christopher Haiss, for any of the positions, leaving the rest to potentially be filled by write-ins.

Gerry Nault is the only candidate to represent Windsor on the Regional School Unit 12 committee.

Polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Windsor Town Hall.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that only Readfield’s Select Board recommended taking $250,183 from the town’s undesignated fund balance to reduce the tax commitment. Incorrect information about the recommendations appears in Article 55 the ballot itself, but was corrected orally at two public hearings, according to the interim Town Manager Teresa Shaw.

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