Wiscasset voters will be asked to decide Tuesday whether the town’s firefighters should be allowed to wash their personal vehicles at the fire station.

Tuesday’s ballot asks voters if they want to continue allowing the members of the Wiscasset Fire Department to use the station to clean their vehicles, something that has been a tradition for several decades. A controversy broke out in April when Town Manager Marian Anderson informed the department that washing vehicles at the station violated town policy.

Town officials, including the town attorney, are advising against the practice, saying the town could be held liable if a firefighter were to be injured washing a vehicle on town property.

A petition that was circulated by the fire department persuaded the selectmen to put the question on the ballot.

Polls will be open Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Wiscasset Community Center.

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