Lisbon voters to weigh spending, choose new councilor on Nov. 4


LISBON — Voters will be asked Nov. 4 to choose a town councilor, approve changes to the town charter and approve financing for either energy efficiency or heating changes at town buildings.

At Lisbon Community School, Sugg Middle School and Lisbon High School, there would be new heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems as well as changes to the buildings to make them more efficient.

Efficiency changes would also be made to the fire station, the library, the wastewater treatment facility, the community center and the transfer station and recycling center.

The expense would be substantial.

The municipal building changes call for financing costs to be no more than $860,000. At the schools, the costs would be no more than $900,000 for efficiency changes and less than $859,000 for the HVAC systems.

Voters also will choose from among three candidates to an at-large seat on the Town Council.

Chairwoman Lisa Ward is running for re-election to the post, which expires in 2017. Ward works in Lewiston as a consultant in the kitchen and bath industry and serves as a volunteer coordinator for the Androscoggin County Community Emergency Response Team.

Challenger Dean Willey is a Navy veteran who works for Central Maine Power as a system integration analyst and volunteers in the schools.

The other challenger, Dale Crafts, graduated from high school this past spring. He works for his stepfather’s general contracting firm, Mattra Inc., in Lewiston.

Other items on the ballot include a charter change that would remove the authority to appoint the town attorney from the town manager. Instead, it gives it to the Town Council.

Another change would require a November referendum when bonding more than $1,000,000. A special vote at another time would be allowed only in an emergency.