Brooklin to consider investing in expanded internet service

BROOKLIN — A lack of internet service has led to at least six families in two years passing on relocating to Brooklin, according to Selectman Bill Cohen.

To that end, the Board of Selectmen is holding an informational meeting Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the school to discuss a warrant article that would bring internet service to every corner of Brooklin.

The article will be on the annual Town Meeting warrant. The Town Meeting is Saturday, April 6, at 9 a.m. at the school. Voting is Friday, April 5, at the town office from 2 to 7 p.m.

“We’re going to ask the town for $105,000 out of surplus reserves to work with Consolidated [Communications] to bring internet to 100 percent of Brooklin,” Cohen said.

“We’d love to have more school kids and we’d love to have more home-based businesses,” he said.

Consolidated Communications, formerly FairPoint, would match that $105,000 from Brooklin for the work.

“Consolidated identified 126 homes out of 423 that basically don’t have service,” Cohen said.

In addition, infrastructure for internet delivered via fiber optic cables will be available.

“The other piece of this is they are going to complete a fiber backbone system so all the major areas of Brooklin will actually have fiber,” Cohen said. “If one wants fiber to the home, they will have to pay.”

If Brooklin paid to have fiber connected to homes, the price tag would be over $2 million, the selectman said.

“The three of us are not comfortable recommending we spend that kind of money.” Cohen referred to his fellow selectmen Deborah Brewster and Laura Sherman.

In other business, residents should not find anything alarming expenditure-wise.

“We think we‘ve got a good budget that maintains services and has nothing out of ordinary,” Cohen said.

In election news, David Reiley is running for a three-year seat on the Board of Selectmen. Sherman’s term is up and she is not seeking re-election.

The Brooklin School Board has two three-year seats open but only one candidate on the ballot: Nicholas Carter.

The terms of School Board members Emily Stribling and Elizabeth Chamberlain are up and neither is seeking re-election.

Incumbent Tax Collector Heather Candage, who is also town clerk, is seeking re-election to a three-year term as tax collector.

Incumbent Road Commissioner Neil Allen is running unopposed for another one year term.

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