UNION — Voters passed a controversial article from a citizen petition in Union.

The article, which authorizes funding for an engineering feasibility study on the Thompson Community Center, passed with 875 yes votes and 553 votes against. There were 20 blank votes for a total of 1448 counted ballots.

Resident Linda Waltz-Mountainland circulated the petition and brought it before the Union Select Board in July with 218 verified signatures. The required number of signatures for the petition was 125.

The community center was the subject of a town referendum vote June 14. The first option, to retain ownership of the building and begin repairs and restorations, won with 205 votes out of 607.

This option authorized the immediate appropriation of $285,500 to $465,500. The article also included possible future needs of $3,000,000, but this amount was not appropriated under the vote.

However, the Nov. 8 passage of the most recent article may put a stop to that. The article states the town must complete an engineering feasibility report “before undertaking any repairs or renovations” on the building, followed by mailing a summary of the report and the total project cost to all registered voters and an additional election “on whether to proceed with the project.”

The referendum item also outlines the requirements for the engineering report, including an analysis of the total project cost and scope, mold remediation, hazardous waste removal and septic system, electrical system and heating system repairs.

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