UNION — The Union Select Board said they will move forward with terminating the Thompson Community Center lease unless the nonprofit running the building begins to cooperate with town requests.

During the committee reports section of the board’s Tuesday, Dec. 7 meeting, Select Board Member Bill Lombardi said he wished to draw a line in the sand. The other board members agreed.

“Show me the money,” Lombardi said.

Martha Johnston-Nash, who represents the board on the committee for the future of the Thompson Community Center, reported Lori Carlson, who manages the building, still has not turned over the information the committee has been requesting.

Lombardi said he viewed the committee’s most recent meeting on Union’s Town Hall Streams webpage, and he agreed with Johnston-Nash. Carlson refused to answer questions and cited the select board had decided to terminate the nonprofit’s lease with the town as the reason.

Lombardi said he thinks the board has been clear about their intentions, which are to work with the nonprofit and determine a long-term solution for the building.

As a nonprofit, the organization has financial information, Lombardi said. None of these requests from the select board are new, and the Thompson Community Center continues to refuse to provide information, he added.

The committee requested financial information from the Thompson Community Center nonprofit in May, and the select board authorized a letter from the town attorney when they did not receive an answer.

In October, the committee began meeting with representatives from the nonprofit.

Lombardi made a motion to begin the process of terminating the lease with the nonprofit if they do not provide financial information by the next board meeting.

Johnston-Nash said she felt such action would make it more difficult to work with the Thompson Community Center.

Erik Amundsen, who is a member of the committee with Johnston-Nash, said he was also concerned about the consequences of taking this action. Amundsen asked the board to wait.

Select Board Chair Adam Fuller said the nonprofit was stonewalling.

If the Thompson Community Center is serious about making things work with the town, then they need to make an effort, Fuller said. The least they can do is provide the financial information that has been requested.

Fuller said he could see no reason for the nonprofit to not provide the information, except to cause problems for the town.

Lombardi said he wanted to give Carlson the opportunity to get the information to the committee, but the time had come for the board to take a strong stance.

“Get us the info or we’ll have to pull the plug,” Lombardi said.

Town Manager Jay Feyler said he was unsure the Thompson Community Center had financial information available like another nonprofit would, due to lack of staff.

Feyler also questioned how the town would pay to heat the building through the winter if they terminated the lease, as the board did not have the authority to spend town funds on oil for the building.

Feyler cautioned the board to be careful, though he understood they were frustrated.

He pointed out the board may have to honor the leases of the current tenants of the building as well.

Lombardi said he was not trying to get the nonprofit out of the building, but he was trying to get the requested information. He said he would be amenable to waiting until after the next committee meeting with the nonprofit to put the motion before the board again.

Fuller said the reality was the Thompson Community Center was not being a productive member of the conversation, but he also agreed to waiting until after the next meeting.

Fuller added this is not an open-ended situation, though. The nonprofit needed to come to the table and work with the town.

Select Board Member Jim Justice said he felt Carlson had the town on a yo-yo for years.

“It’s time we cut the cord,” Justice said.

Justice also agreed to wait the two weeks before taking action, but said the town should wait no more after that.

Lombardi withdrew his motion and praised the hard work of the committee.

The matter will be revisited at the next board meeting Dec. 21 at 6:30 p.m.

In other business, the board authorized Feyler to work with Amundsen on the purchase of between 20 and 22 acres of land.

The land is on the St. George River and abuts the Union Fair Grounds.

The board hopes to purchase the land through the Pullen Fund and the use of grants. The ultimate goal for the property, they said, would be to use it as a recreational space for organized sports.