NORTHPORT — Board members discussed and approved a proposal, first suggested by a Northport Municipal School Unit bus driver, to relocate the flashing school zone sign on Bayside Road north of Edna Drinkwater School 200 feet further north and add another flashing sign on Cross Street to increase drivers’ awareness of the school zone.

They also unanimously approved previously discussed changes to the town’s General Assistance Ordinance. The main change is to allow people living in drug or alcohol recovery housing to receive the benefit. Town Administrator James Kossuth told The Republican Journal Nov. 10 that state law allows general assistance ordinances, unlike other town ordinances, to be amended by a vote of the Select Board without town meeting approval.

In addition, Kossuth reported that 350 voters had received copies of a survey Nov. 2 asking how residents want the town to use American Rescue Plan funds it receives. Of the 125 who returned it, 85% said they wanted to spend the money on expanding broadband service, and 30% favored using it to offer premium pay to essential workers.

Other choices included supporting the public health response, addressing negative impacts caused by the pandemic, serving the hardest-hit communities and families, and investing in water and sewer infrastructure. It was possible to select more than one option. The survey is also available on the town’s website and its Facebook page.

Finally, the board authorized Kossuth to put up for bid a 1.7-acre parcel of tax-acquired property at 17 Oak Drive.

The next meeting is Nov. 22 at 6 p.m.

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