UNION — The Union Board of Selectmen is accepting applications from citizens interested in joining a sestercentennial committee.

This committee will help the town celebrate in 2024 the 250th anniversary of Union’s founding in 1774.

Board member Martha Johnston-Nash proposed beginning the search for members at the July 6 board of selectmen meeting.

Union’s bicentennial, celebrating 200 years since the town’s founding, was celebrated in 1974.

The closing of the celebration featured a time capsule, which was buried in the Union Common near the war memorial statue.

The time capsule contains a variety of items, including coins, catalogues, photographs and a 1974 Town Report.

The sestercentennial committee will be charged with organizing a ceremony and digging up the capsule, to be opened July 19, 2024.

The committee will then re-bury the capsule with items from the 2020s.

One of the first tasks of the committee will be to identify children in a picture taken in front of the memorial in 1974. The picture of the children is inside the time capsule, but many children can be seen in a photograph in the book “200 Years in Union.”

Johnston-Nash said she did not think it was too early to begin planning this event, considering the amount of work required.

She suggested the committee collaborate with local groups like the historical society and the school.

Union residents who are interested in joining the sestercentennial committee can fill out a statement of interest form, found at the town office or the town website. Forms can be returned to Town Manager Jay Feyler.

The term sestercentennial is one of a few that can be used. Wikipedia notes: “The United States Semiquincentennial (also called Sestercentennial or Quarter Millennial) will be the 250th anniversary of the 1776 establishment of the United States of America.”

In other business, the board approved a three-year renewal of the animal care agreement with Pope Memorial Humane Society in Thomaston. The agreement allows Union’s animal control officer Heidi Blood to bring rescued domestic animals to the nonprofit.

The board discussed tax-acquired property on the corner of Coggins Hill Road and North Union Road.

Board member Josh White is an abutter and wishes to purchase the property from the town.

Feyler said he would find an unbiased realtor to represent the town and sell the property.

John Gibbons reported to the board on the broadband committee.

Gibbons said the committee continues to pursue options with both LCI and the Midcoast Internet Coalition.

Board member Bill Lombardi said the aging in place committee held a successful luncheon June 24.

Lombardi also reported that the Come Spring Food Pantry, currently located in the Thompson Community Center, would be moving to a new location mid-July.

White discussed the possibility of building affordable housing on some town-owned property.

Board Chair Adam Fuller said Feyler would assemble a list of property owned by the town, and affordable housing would be a good topic of conversation for possible uses of that land.

Board member James Justice asked about purchasing and installing pickleball supplies.

Feyler said the supplies have been ordered and will be arriving soon. The Public Works department would then determine how to install the equipment.

The next board of selectmen meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. at the William Pullen Meeting Room.

Meetings can also be viewed on TownHallStreams.com.