NORTHPORT — Fire Chief Paul Rooney reported to the Select Board Jan. 24 that his department had received a $20,000 donation from the Dixon family, Town Administrator James Kossuth told The Republican Journal Jan. 28. Rooney asked for authorization to use $6,000 of the money to buy a new cargo trailer for the recently acquired forestry truck to help carry equipment that does not fit on the truck itself. Board members approved the purchase.

The rest of the funds from the donation will go into the Fire Department’s operating account.

Also appearing before the board was Broadband Internet Committee Chair Ann Frenning Kossuth, who reported that GWI plans to apply for funding from ConnectMaine Authority to bring broadband service to “unserved” addresses, of which the administrator said he thought there were about 70 in the town.

As the town is required to contribute $700 per address as a condition for the grant, GWI would like the town to set a special town meeting to approve spending American Rescue Plan Act funds to support its ConnectME application. Kossuth said the board hopes to set a meeting for Feb. 19 or Feb. 26, depending on how soon the number of unserved addresses can be determined.

Northport Village Corp. representative Jeffrey Wilt reported that the village is having “capacity issues” with its wastewater treatment facility, and the Board of Overseers has passed a six-month moratorium on new hookups while it determines how to address the problem.

In addition, the board set a public hearing during its Feb. 14 meeting on a proposed town mailbox policy, which defines the conditions under which residents are allowed to install mailboxes in the town’s right of way and criteria for mailbox design. The policy follows a state policy, Kossuth said.

In other business, the town received a proposal from its website vendor, Sephoni, to redesign the site for a cost in the range of $2,700-$3,100. The board authorized the manager to proceed with the redesign.

The board set its budget hearings for March 7 and 21 and April 4 and 18.

The next board meeting will be 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14, at the Town Office.

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