The Northeast District Department of Health inspects restaurants and other food service establishments, homes, schools, convalescent homes and other institutions working to prevent the spread of communicable diseases. Review, test and approve new septic systems as well as a review and approval of system repairs and/or expansion. Test drinking water, paint samples for lead. Investigates complaints in regard to public health hazards.
Representative: Vacant Alternate Representative: David D. Eaton
Union was the last town to be settled east of the Connecticut River, largely because of its rough terrain and poor soil. In 1633, John Oldham, an adventurer from Massachusetts, obtained specimens of black lead or graphite from the Indians. During the Revolutionary War Governor Trumbull tapped this valuable resource for use at cannon foundries. On July 1, 1720 the General Assembly sold 12,500 acres to 12 proprietors for 307 pounds, comprising the area that is now Union.