Northport residents at town meeting, June 7, hired Town Clerk Barbara O’Leary as town administrator, filling the post vacated by Jack Driscoll in March after town selectmen voted not to extend his contract.

O’Leary, who said she has been performing many of the town administrator’s duties in the interim, said she will also likely continue to act as town clerk until the position — currently being advertised by the town — is filled, but will not serve in both capacities.

“It won’t be me,” O’Leary said. “My head’s not big enough.”

Selectmen reported receiving 39 applications for the position. O’Leary is slated to start July 1 at a salary of $43,000. Driscoll, who was hired as the town’s first ever town administrator in 2007, was drawing a salary of $58,000 per year.

In other business, residents heard from a representative of Pine Tree Waste Service about the “zero-sort” or “single-stream” recycling program the town recently began. Jim Dunning, sales manager for Pine Tree, described what would now be required of residents. In a nutshell: much less.

Dunning said recyclables would still need to be separated from household waste but not from other recyclables. The unsorted recyclables collected at the transfer station will be transported to a facility in Massachusetts run by Pine Tree’s parent company, Casella Waste Systems, for sorting. Dunning said much of the recycled paper is sold in Maine to Katahdin Paper Co.

Residents asked about a number of plastics including blister packs and the plastic window in pasta boxes. Dunning said yes to both — no need to remove the window from the pasta boxes. Asked about the financial impact of the change, town selectmen projected the overall cost to residents going down.

A $19,000 line for gravestone maintenance prompted some conversation between those who thought the families should pay to maintain headstones or that they shouldn’t be maintained at all — reasoning that money should be spent on the living and not the dead — and those, who believing that, as one resident put it, “Sooner or later it’s going to benefit us all.” That line drew laughter and applause. The item passed as written.

A proposed amendment to the town building permit ordinance appeared to put residents between a rock and a hard place — asking them to choose between two unknown ordinances, written 40 years apart. Some complained that the warrant article — added roughly a week before the town meeting — should not be voted upon, in order to allow a longer review.

The amendment appeared to do away with setbacks, which selectmen said would mean the requirements would revert to the state standard. If the amendment was not voted in, selectmen said, a recently unearthed — and to many residents equally unfamiliar — 1967 building code would take effect. Residents voted in the 2010 building permit ordinance.

An article dealing with how the town disposes of tax-foreclosed property prompted some residents to raise concerns that property would be taken away from people who could not afford to pay their back taxes. Town meeting moderator Joe Moser said he could not recall the town having seized land from a resident for as long as he has been in Northport — since 1972. Town officials informally confirmed Moser’s recollection.

The article, asking if the town would authorize the selectmen to dispose of real estate acquired by the town for non-payment of taxes “on such terms as they deem advisable and to execute quit claim deeds on same,” passed.

In municipal elections, Paul Rooney was re-elected as selectman, assessor and overseer of the poor. Gerald Reid was elected to the Regional School Unit 20 Board of Directors.