Republican William E. Geiben, by a commanding margin of 60 percent to 40 percent, defeated Democrat David F. Schmidt in the race for town councilman, 3,846 to 2,586.
In a close result, the $1.3 million referendum to construct a new town library was approved. The proposition required an OK in separate referendums in the Village of Lewiston and in the portion of the Town of Lewiston that is outside the village.
The proposition was approved, although it had faced stiffer opposition in the village where the projected tax increase will be three times that of the area outside the village.
In another referendum, Village of Lewiston voters approved a game of chance proposition by a 2-to-1 margin, 928 to 453.
On the library issue, the village went in favor of the proposition, 54-46 percent, with 758 in favor and 657 against. Outside the village, the measure was approved overwhelmingly, 2,779 to 1,751, or 61-39 percent. The village is comprised of three of the 14 election districts in the Town of Lewiston.
In the council race, Geiben, the incumbent, won a one-year term.
Geiben was appointed by the Republican dominated town board in January to serve one year of former Councilman Richard W. Kolke's term, scheduled to expire Dec. 31, 1989. Kolke resigned following citizen's protest over a resolution Kolke promoted that would have curbed the powers of supervisor-elect Robert L. Wadlinger.
Geiben said early today that his election "reflects a vote of confidence in (fellow Republican councilmen) Mary Beth (Brado), Bob Lee and Calvin (Schultz) in their appointment of me. I think voters appreciate what I've been doing the last 11 months."
Under state law, Geiben's tenure was good until the first general election after the appointment. He said he will begin campaigning for the 1989 election in the spring.
Schmidt suffered his second consecutive defeat for the position, losing last year in a four-way race.
"Naturally, I was disappointed. I wish Bill all the success in the coming year," said Schmidt who is undecided on whether he will make a third councilmanic attempt in 1989.
The new library will be built at Seneca Street between Seventh and Eighth streets. It historically has been funded on a 60-40 basis, with the town shouldering the large share. Library Board members were celebrating at the overstocked Center Street library late into the night.
"We finally got it!" said 11-year library director Janet M. Domzella who added the approval culminated a 20-year effort. "Isn't it great?"
Board President Edward Jesella said the closer result in the village wasn't unexpected yet he felt the referendum did very well there.
"I expected it (the approval) but it was very nice to see it in black and white," he said. "I'm elated not just for myself and the people but for Janet Domzella. She put so much hard work into it."
He noted the referendum also survived this year's belt-tightening tendencies of Lewiston residents. Earlier, they rejected a school district budget, making the school board back off and submit a reduced one.
"This isn't a year when people were willing to put down money for anything," he said. "The hard part is behind us. Now we can get on with building (it)."
Preliminary estimates, based on varying terms of bonding, show village residents will pay about 93 cents per $1,000 of assessment in additional library cost the first year of a 20-year bond before declining to 83 cents in the second year and two cents per year afterward. Town residents will face increases ranging from 33 cents to 26 cents per $1,000 the first year, depending on the length of the bond, and then reducing one cent per year afterwards.
Earlier this year, the library appeared to be a dead issue. Various village agencies couldn't agree on identifying a viable site. One location, the former St. Peter's Church, was promoted by the Library Board. However, they couldn't develop a design that would satisfy the Lewiston Historic Preservation Commission. The local commission, acting as an agent of the state commission, said certain specification had to be met because the church was situated in the historic preservation district.
The game of chance referendum will allow non-profit organizations in the village, including lodges and churches, to raise funds through various non-casino type games of chance.