The opening of the new Union Public Works building will be delayed for an unknown amount of time to repair leaks.

At the May 5 select board meeting through Zoom, Town Manager Jay Feyler said leaks in the radiant floor heating were found when the boiler was turned on.

Feyler said contractors who did the work will repair it at no additional cost to the town. However, it will slow down the move into the new building. Feyler also said some furniture and supplies in the building may have to be moved for the repairs.

The Public Works crew has been working out of a trailer since April 2019, after a fire damaged the previous garage.

In other business, the board discussed how they will proceed with elections and the town meeting.

After some discussion, they decided to have paper ballots for financial warrant items and will hold a physical town meeting later in the year, when social distancing guidelines are lowered.

Feyler said the town still has “zero guidance” from the state on how they should hold town elections, other than the information that there will be an election July 14.

Feyler said another issue with holding the election is finding the appropriate number of election workers. He said only two of the original poll workers are still willing to work, and the town cannot legally hold an election without the assigned number.

“I have to have an election somehow,” Feyler said.

Board member Adam Fuller said he was “not okay” with any decision that puts Union citizens in danger of illness exposure.

Board member Sarah Drickey said she agreed with Fuller.

Fuller also said he could probably find volunteers to be poll workers with appropriate health and safety measures in place.

Feyler said the town office plans to open June 1 to the public, though they have no “clear direction” from Augusta on how to proceed. He said they plan to have restrooms closed to the public and require masks to be worn inside the office.

Feyler said he and his employees have been discussing how to maintain social distancing and other emergency rules put into effect by Gov. Janet Mills when the town office reopens.

To add public comment or be invited to the next board meeting via Zoom, email Feyler at townmanager@union.maine.gov.