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Union hosts first meeting with new board members

By Christine Simmonds | Jul 22, 2020
Photo by: Christine Simmonds The Union Board of Selectmen July 21.

Union — The Union Board of Selectmen held their first meeting with two new members. The board elected new officers and honored long-time member Greg Grotton.

Bill Lombardi and Martha Johnston-Nash were elected to the board June 14. Lombardi’s seat is a three-year term, formerly held by Grotton. Johnston-Nash’s seat is a two-year term formerly held by Sarah Drickey. Drickey did not run for reelection.

John Shepard was elected Chairman, and Adam Fuller elected Vice Chair.

Shepard voiced some apprehension about taking on the position, as he is also chairman of the Tri-County Solid Waste board. Ultimately, he accepted the nomination as the most experienced member of the board. “I feel honored and I’ll do my best,” Shepard said.

Fuller accepted the nomination to Vice Chair, though said he was planning to nominate Josh White for the position. Fuller said he viewed the main responsibility of the position as being prepared.

Shepard acknowledged long-time board member Grotton, who was previously chairman and sat in on the meeting as a Union resident. “He left a high standard to follow,” Shepard said. The board also decided to find a more formal way to honor Grotton’s many years of service.

In other business, the board discussed options for holding the Town Meeting Aug. 24. The tentative plans are to hold a drive-in meeting at the Union Fair Grounds and transmit to AM radio. Participants will vote on warrant articles 18 to 42.

The board spoke about the broken tree on the Union Common. A previous board had discussed carving the tree rather than removing it.

After some discussion, the board voted to remove the remnants of the tree and grind the stump down, and then plant a new tree in honor of Maine’s 200th birthday.

The board decided all future meetings, which will continue to be held on Zoom, will occur at 6:30 p.m.

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