From the town of Northport’s January newsletter come the following news briefs:

Transfer station hours

The transfer station is now open on Thursdays and Saturdays only, and closed Tuesdays until spring.

Tim Patten holds the plaque presented to him last fall for 20 years of service to the town. Source: Northport town website

Tim Patten benefit

Tim Patten, who in October celebrated 20 years working at the transfer station, is recovering from surgery. His family has set up a GoFundMe page to help cover his medical expenses. Please see the page for more information.

Fiber-optic internet update

GWI has received the necessary hardware and resumed construction on Jan. 9. GWI sales reps have begun contacting some residents in the Phase 1 area who signed up on the GWI website. The company is hoping to have the first customers connected by early February, but will not have all of the Phase 1 customers activated at the same time because they do not yet have enough hardware to do so.

Help MCA connect the dots

The Maine Connectivity Authority needs the help of Northport residents in updating the state’s broadband access maps. Visit the MCA website for more information.

Dog license reminder

All dogs, 6 months old and older, must be licensed every year. Any dog not licensed by Jan. 31 is subject to a $25 late fee, charged by the state, as well as a $50 fine, charged by the town. For more information, see the Animal Control Ordinance on the town website. Residents adopted the ordinance at the June 6 annual town meeting.

Upcoming meetings

The Select Board meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 6 p.m. at the Town Office. Agendas and minutes are available on the website. If you have anything you would like to add to the agenda, contact James Kossuth at administrator@northportmaine.org or 338-3819, ext. 6, by the Wednesday before the meeting.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Planning Board will be Feb. 14. Please contact Toupie Rooney, code enforcement officer, with any questions at northportceo@gmail.com or 338-3819, ext. 5.

Town sand shed

The Town’s sand shed on Beech Hill Road, between Eagle Drive and Garden Way, is available for personal use for town residents only. Please limit yourself to two 5-gallon buckets per winter.

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