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Union town office to reopen with reduced hours

Parks, tennis and basketball courts approved to open as well
By Christine Simmonds | May 20, 2020
Photo by: Christine Simmonds Union Board of Selectmen meets through Zoom May 19.

Union — The Union Board of Selectmen made plans to open parts of the town at their meeting, held via Zoom May 19.

The board authorized what Town Manager Jay Feyler called an “incremental reopening” of the town office beginning June 1.

According to the plan, outlined in a memo from Feyler, three people will be allowed in the office at one time. Feyler said the staff will “encourage people to do stuff online” as much as possible. Restrooms will be closed to the public.

Feyler said the first two weeks of the plan will have reduced office hours to allow staff to clean and sanitize. Cleaning will also occur between transactions. Staff will still work from home on Fridays.

The board also approved opening the public parks and the tennis and basketball courts, with reminders to the public to practice social distancing.

After some discussion, the board decided to continue holding meetings through Zoom for the time being. Chairman Greg Grotton is recovering from surgery, so continuing the virtual meetings was best for his health. Grotton said he had “mixed feelings” about the choice. “I like the meetings downstairs,” he said. “I think we get more out of it by face-to-face.”

Board member Sarah Drickey said she would be in Cape Cod soon, and will have to quarantine for two weeks when she returns. Holding Zoom meetings ensures she can still attend.

Board member Josh White said Zoom meetings would be safest for the time being since the Town Office will be open to the public.

In other business, Feyler said the leaks in the radiant heating were repaired in the Public Works building. Feyler said this should be the final issue with the building.

Feyler said there still has not been guidance from the state around holding elections. He said the town will likely have to find a way to hold in-person elections.

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