Town Hall Notebook
Riverhead Town Board wrap – Dec. 16:
planning director axed, six new cops hired, board balks at new flyboard codeRiverhead Town’s planning director position eliminated, six new police recruits hired, public hearing on revised flyboard code unexpectedly stalls, deer shotgun hunt set, more.
- The Riverhead Town Board has agreed to put over the hearing scheduled to be continued tonight to Wednesday March 18 at 7 pm. The applicant requested a 60-day adjournment but that meant holding the hearing during President’s Week.
- Riverhead Town should charge brides and grooms a fee to use town beaches and parks for wedding photos, according to the town’s recreation superintendent.
- The town board, as a tax-saving measure, is looking bill for ambulance services provided to the victims of the 1,000 car accidents in Riverhead each year.
Riverhead to pursue EPCAL contract with Pataki-Cahill Group; deal blasted by supervisor’s former adviserThe Riverhead Town Board has agreed to hammer out a contract with a New York City consulting firm headed by former governor George Pataki and his chief of staff John Cahill to market the Calverton Enterprise Park. The agreement will give the Pataki-Cahill group the exclusive right to market the site for an as yet undetermined ...
Hearing on status of Riverhead’s private roads packs town hall meeting room; residents question need for changesDozens of residents who want the town to continue plowing the private roads they live on gave the town board an earful during a standing-room-only, three-hour public hearing yesterday afternoon at Riverhead Town Hall. The hearing was the board’s first step in an attempt to formalize the town’s long-standing policy of plowing and clearing snow from most ...
- Groups request funding through town’s 2015 Community Development Block Grant, town board approves monthly low-cost spay/neuter clinic at Pfeifer Center, agreement with Costco site developer, zoning and parking code changes and a bunch of special event permits for 2015.
Town board abolishes personnel department; two council members call it retribution against ‘whistle-blower’Council members Jodi Giglio and George Gabrielsen say Supervisor Sean Walter sought to abolish personnel department to punish department head for blowing the whistle on financial administrator, who “has the supervisor’s ear,” according to Gabrielsen.
Riverhead Town Board refuses to vote on 2015 budget, opts to allow Walter’s proposal to take effect by defaultDespite criticizing the supervisor’s proposed budget, the Riverhead Town Board once again allows his proposal to become the adopted budget without a vote.
- Riverhead’s ‘Supervisor for a Day” presided over Wednesday’s town board meeting, where the board: held a hearing on the 2015 budget, set a Dec. 2 hearing on the issue of private roads maintenance by the highway department, authorized a $350,000 grant application for WaterFire Riverhead and more.
- Riverhead Town’s website is one of only six government sites in the State of New York to earn better than a C on a report card issued yesterday by the nonprofit Empire Center for Pubic Policy in Albany. It ranked fourth among the 500 municipal and school websites evaluated for content available and ease of ...
- Riverhead Town Board members are enthusiastic about bringing WaterFire, the multisensory public art installation by Rhode Island artist Barnaby Evans, to the Peconic Riverfront and gave CDA director Chris Kempner the green light to pursue a Bloomberg Foundation grant to kickstart the project.
- A split Riverhead Town board will hold a public hearing on a proposed regional ban on single-use plastic grocery bags.
- Four Riverhead Town Board members have signed a letter seeking to state historic preservation officials seeking to withdraw the town’s application for listing Main Road on state and national registers.
- A proposal by United Riverhead Terminal to convert two oil fuel storage tanks to gasoline storage prompted opposition from Northville residents, who questioned the accuracy of information provided by the applicant as well as the adequacy of the town’s review of the plan.