Three awards were presented at the beginning of the annual town meeting June 18, The Boston Post Cane to Mildred Ojala; The Oldest Veteran Sword to Raymond Dinsmore; and the Spirit of America Award to Michael Thompson.

The town had voted on a moderator for the meeting, and elected all the municipal officers and school committee members June 12.

Five amounts of money were proposed to be taken out of the William Pullen Trust to fund various items, including scholarships in the amount of $19,000, the town of Union in the amount of $14,678, Vose Library in the amount of $2,000, the town of Union in the amount of $222,000, and the Union Elementary School in the amount of $25,000. All amounts passed, except the $222,000. This was the most controversial item on the warrant.

The money was to go to purchase a piece of land for a recreational field, possibly to be used for a dog park and walking track. Opinion was split pretty evenly, with some arguing it would allow residents to exercise, as well as drawing families to the area, while others said there was too much at stake to just purchase a piece of land without the funds to build on it (the $222,000 did not include the cost to build facilities). The proposal did not carry, and was indefinitely postponed.

Also voted down was the purchase of an electronic sign at the Town Office.

After discussion, residents voted in favor of commissioning an engineering study for the Thompson Community Center. They also supported allowing Selectmen to transfer up to 10 percent of unexpended balances between accounts, and purchasing a replacement pickup truck for the Public Works Department.

The town passed without discussion policies regarding the Board of Selectmen and their power as well as the town's authorization of usage of grants and funds as appointed by the Select Board. Taxation, tax dates, and funding for ambulance services in the towns of Washington and Appleton were also passed. The town passed the funding to keep the snowmobile trails in Union in good condition and open to the public.

Joel Wentworth was reelected a trustee of the Cemetery Trust Fund for a term of three years; Erik Amundsen, Doris Vertz, Michael Drickey and John Gibbons were elected to three-year terms on the Budget Committee; Wayne Kirkpatrick was elected for a two-year term on the Budget Committee; and Paul Gaudreau was reelected a trustee of the William Pullen Fund for a four-year term.

The Board of Selectmen altered the balance for the I. C. Thurston fund from $14,000 to $76,810. The reason for the large increase was that the balance was a projection, rather than an actual figure. The amount of $4,000, which was the balance for Ambulance Income, was raised to $6,400 because of the increase in the minimum wage.

The budgeted amounts for administration, office personnel, insurances, fire department, and town retirement match generated some questions, and residents decided to discuss those aspects of the budget separately. After discussion, the amounts were all approved.

Those present agreed unanimously on the amount for excise tax, as well as funding for road construction.

Those in attendance granted the Board of Selectmen the power to sell surplus fire, ambulance, office and highway department equipment and give the proceeds back to their respective departments. The town’s animal control budget was also passed.

Residents also passed various town funding and maintenance balances for parks and recreation, general assistance and cemeteries, as well other funding needs regarding public works. The amount to be spent to cover an overdraft for fiscal year 2018-19 for the town's retirement plan was amended from $36,000 to $17,000, then passed.

The warrant for the 2018 annual town meeting can be found at union.maine.gov/.