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Board discusses plans for employees

By Christine Simmonds | Apr 08, 2020
Photo by: Christine Simmonds Union Board of Selectmen meets April 7 by Zoom.

Union — Union Board of Selectmen discussed plans for town employees April 7 in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Town Manager Jay Feyler presented the plan to the board through Zoom. The plan discussed employees of the town hall, ambulance, fire department and Emergency Medical Technicians. The board also discussed elections, the public and FEMA in relation to the continued stay-at-home order.

“We do expect things to get worse,” Feyler said when presenting the plan.

Feyler said there are only two or three people physically at the town office each day. Other employees are at home on furlough.

Feyler said the office is “very eerie” being so empty. He also said the furlough agreement with employees states they must stay at home and not travel outside in order to flatten the curve of the disease spread.

For ambulance, fire department and EMT employees, Feyler said there are plans in place for succession and isolation to keep staff and their families safe. These plans are still a work in progress.

Feyler said this process has been stressful on everyone and all are trying their best.

Feyler said the public has been contacting the town office with concerns about people in town congregating. He said people calling with concerns should instead contact the Sheriff’s office.

Feyler said all parks and public recreation spaces have been closed to discourage public gatherings.

He said there are people from other states returning to Union, but said "there is not a lot we can do." Feyler said that hopefully these people are self-isolating when they arrive.

Feyler said there is no clear answer about town elections, and they are waiting on guidance from the Governor.

Feyler said the town should receive reimbursement from FEMA and the CARES act, but there is no clear answer on how much or when it will come in. “This information changes every day,” Feyler said.

In other business, the board said they will continue to hold meetings through Zoom. The public can participate through attending the online meetings or emailing in questions.

To email questions or receive a Zoom invitation, contact Feyler at townmanager@union.maine.gov.

The board voted to release up to $15,000 from the IC Thurston Worthy Poor Fund. Feyler said the fund has “been quite active the last couple weeks.” The money for the fund comes from interest generated from a will for Union residents.

The board approved Feyler to take donations to the Assistance Fund.

The board appointed 12 election clerks for May 1, 2020 to April 30, 2022. Democratic clerks are Dorothy Black, Dianne Groce, Pamela Jensen, Nancy Johnson, Carol Watier and Debra Hilt.

Republican clerks are Linda Dean, Charlotte Doughty, Barbara Fang, Ruth Leonard, Tera Corson and Martha Johnston-Nash.

The board voted to reduce office hours at the town hall.

The board also voted to defer property tax payments, though Feyler said, “If you can pay, don’t wait.”

Feyler also brought three foreclosures before the board. He asked the board to waive two of the foreclosures, as waiving the third would bring on too many legal issues.

The board agreed the two foreclosures would be waived provided the individuals paid one year’s back taxes within 60 days.

The board reminded the public to stay home and wash their hands.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Fernand Russell | Apr 09, 2020 11:35

Oh good, drive to Camden and get arrested, now that is America Together!  What next, get shot at if I don't stop quick enough?



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