Selectmen on March 6 renewed a contract with GWI, the town's high-speed internet provider.

Town Manager James Gillway said the new contract will save the town money and will offer enhanced phone services. It would be a 24-month contract that he anticipates will save townspeople $50 a month.

In other business, Gillway said Maine Resource Recovery Association is putting forth a home composting program. "We participated (in it) many years ago … it was very popular," he said.

Compost bins would be offered for sale at a price of $55. The funds would be taken out of the tipping fees at the transfer station because ultimately this would be reducing the amount in that stream, according to Gillway.

Aaron Fethke moved to table the program until it was known whether the minimum order would be 20. "It might take a while to sell these things," he said.

Anyone interested in purchasing composting bins is encouraged to contact the town manager at 548-6372.

Police Chief Richard LaHaye Jr. mentioned he had been in contact with state troopers and the Drum and Bugle Corp. will be available to perform for the town's annual Heritage Days.

Searsport Police Officer Dana Smith Jr. enjoyed his first month on the job, according to Gillway. He is still learning about the community and doing a good job.

The police department is still looking for one more full-time officer.

Fethke was given a plaque for his service as selectman.

"It been a pleasure working with you," Selectman Jack Merrithew said. "It's hard to believe it's been 12 years ago we started working together. You brought a lot to this board."

Fethke thanked all the selectmen and the town manager for the plaque and for their service and dedication.

"Jack," he said, "even when I can't understand you, I think you're doing a good job."