NORTHPORT — Town Administrator James Kossuth reported to the Select Board Dec. 13 that he would be meeting Dec. 15 with Department of Transportation representative Patrick Adams, along with employees and officials of Edna Drinkwater School, regarding pedestrian safety near the school. Board member Brianna Pinkham-Bebb also attended the meeting.

Kossuth told The Republican Journal Dec. 16 the meeting had been “really productive and informative,” saying Adams had recommended upgrading the flashing signs along Bayside Road and noted that grants are available for the signs and other improvements. In addition, the group talked about putting in a sidewalk or crosswalk near the school, and also the possibility the school could take part in a DOT pilot program on traffic-calming measures in the spring.

Kossuth said the Select Board would work with the school to decide on next steps.

In other business, the board unanimously approved a revised amendment to the town’s Ordinance for Traffic Control and Vehicle Weight on Posted Ways. The amendment requires the unpaved portions of Upper Bluff Road and Bluff Road and also the portion between 250 Upper Bluff Road and 260 Bluff Road to be posted for no through trucks and local traffic only. It also directs that signs be posted warning drivers of the steepness of the grade at the top of the hill.

Board members also authorized Kossuth to look into getting a virtual intern from his alma mater, Williams College, to begin the process of redesigning the town’s website. The idea originated with an email he received from the college seeking internship opportunities.

Finally, the board renewed the licenses for John Lorenz’s Sweet Relief marijuana businesses.

The next meeting will be at the Town Office Monday, Dec. 27, at 6 p.m.

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