NORTHPORT — The view from the top of Beech Hill Road will remain unobstructed by utility poles and wires, thanks to a change of heart by a representative of GWI at the Select Board meeting April 25.

Speaking with the Republican Journal last week, Town Administrator James Kossuth said Larry Wagner, who owns the farm along the top of Beech Hill Road, attended the meeting to ask that the scenic view be preserved when the town’s broadband partner installs its fiber-optic cable. GWI had applied for permits to string cable on poles along Beech Hill Road.

Wagner provided advance notice, and GWI said a representative would attend the session to try to answer his questions.

“Everyone there was on Wagner’s side — the Select Board, the Broadband Committee — but GWI had been saying no,” Kossuth said, adding that attempts to find alternative routes had failed.

After about 10 minutes of discussion, “the board was ready to deny the permit for that stretch, Kossuth said. “They were entertaining a motion to approve four of the five permit applications from GWI — there were other stretches in town that needed new poles as well.”

At that point, Chris McCoy of GWI said, “OK, we’ll do it,” according to Kosseth. “Everybody came away very happy and pleased,” the town administrator said. “People will get internet on both sides of Beech Hill Road and the wires will go underground.”

He said GWI on April 26 revised its application to bury wires alongside the road at no cost to the town.

In other business, the Select Board added Bryan Field, Kenneth Kornfield and Pegi Miller to the Zoning Board of Appeals, which now has a quorum.

Code Enforcement Officer Toupie Rooney discussed proposed revisions to the town’s Shorleland Zoning and Building Permit ordinances.

State law changed a few years ago to require developments in the Shoreland Zone to provide “before” and “after” photos, Kossuth said, and the town ordinance needs to change accordingly.

The change to the Building Permit Ordinance would clarify that anything used as for temporary or permanent lodging, including a camper, requires a septic connection.

There will be a public hearing on the changes Monday, May 9, at 6 p.m. in the Town Hall, in preparation for town meeting.

The Select Board also discussed but took no action on increasing permit fees to be more in line with the town’s costs of processing applications through the Zoning Board.

The board also signed off on the Town Warrant for town meeting, which will be held Monday, June 6, at 6:30 p.m., outdoors at the Edna Drinkwater School basketball court.

A spring roadside cleanup is planned for Saturday, May 14. Details will follow.