NORTHPORT — The Select Board approved warrant articles at its Feb. 14 meeting for a special town meeting to be held Saturday, Feb. 26, at 2 p.m. at the Northport Community Church, 32 Saturday Cove Road.

The purpose of the meeting, according to Town Administrator James Kossuth, is to vote on allocated the town’s $187,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds to broadband. He explained that GWI, which received a grant from ConnectMaine last year to wire half the town, learned that the authority has a new round of funding amounting to $16 million. The company decided to apply for a grant, the amount of which is not determined yet, to wire the rest of the town.

In order for GWI to apply for funds, the town must commit a portion of the cost, Kossuth said. According to consultant Axiom Technolgies, with which the town’s Broadband Internet Committee contracted, the cost of the project is between $1.3 million and $1.9 million. He said the board would like to use the ARPA money for the project.

He added that broadband has consistently been very important to people in town, with a third of homes in town taking the speed test at mainebroadbandcoalition.org at least once and many residents giving it a high priority on informal surveys conducted by the town.

The appeal of the project to be discussed Feb. 26 is that everyone in town will get access to broadband eventually, he said, and it will have no effect on municipal taxes.

In other business, the board opened bids for the 1.7-acre town-owned parcel at 17 Oak Drive. The successful bid was $16,200 from resident Brady Brim-DeForest.

The next regular meeting is Monday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. at the Town Office.

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