Town Hall Notebook
- The ZBA Thursday night granted the inn a temporary variance, good through Nov. 30, 2016, which allows it to continue to have outdoor events on its South Jamesport Avenue site, subject to several conditions.
- Chairman of the town board’s traffic safety committee argues there’s no need for an expensive traffic study— the solution is simple: confine heavy truck through-traffic to state and county roads in Riverhead.
- Despite members still having lots of questions about the unusual plan, novel zoning concept and out-of-the-ordinary process, the Riverhead Planning Board last night gave its “non-binding” blessing to a concept plan for the subdivision of 2,234 town-owned acres in the Enterprise Park at Calverton
Town board wrap-up May 5: honoring longtime employee, hearing on disbursement of false alarm fees, moreMore on false alarm fees and fire marshal positions, United Riverhead Terminal, new IDA board member,
- A move by the town to restrict the consumption of alcohol at street fairs and festivals has some downtown merchants seeing red — and the organizations that sponsor the events or sell alcohol at them worried about losing significant revenue. The town board, at the urging of the Riverhead Community Awareness Program, is considering new rules for alcohol ...
- Hearings were held on proposed code amendments regarding rental dwelling unit permits, hunting permits and an E. Main Street zoning change, and the town board filled one of two vacancies on the Riverhead IDA.
- Riverhead Town Councilman George Gabrielsen announced decision not to seek re-election in late night letter that shocked party officials.
Suffolk fire chiefs, citing public safety concerns, threaten Riverhead with state compliance complaintSuffolk County’s fire chiefs are threatening to file an oversight complaint with state regulators against the Town of Riverhead for the town’s alleged failure to conduct fire safety inspections as required by state code. That complaint can result in fines levied against the town and fire safety inspections being done by the state — and billed ...
A hearing that wasn’t, sort of: Residents, applicant turn out for second round on Riverhead Ciderhouse site planThe hearing on the controversial Riverhead Ciderhouse site plan application was held open on April 1. Residents and the application showed up for round two of the hearing yesterday. It wasn’t officially opened for comment, but everyone spoke anyway.
Bid to hire fire inspector using false alarm fees criticized by firefighters, who want third fire marshal post restoredRiverhead should restore its third fire marshal position, cut in 2011, the town and county fire chiefs councils say. A fire prevention inspector is not enough.
IDA hearing set for Monday on application by developer of new Rt. 58 hotel, a Marriott Residence InnThe developer of the Hilton Garden Inn is ready to go forward with plans for adjacent Marriott Residence Inn on Route 58, and is seeking property tax abatement, as well as sales, compensating use and mortgage tax exemptions.
Town board wrap-up: Nile Rodgers music festival, Sonoma Grill ‘night life’ permit and flyboarding regsA Niles Rodgers summer music festival got a green light from the town board. Sonoma Grill made its case for a tavern permit, which would allow it to have music and dancing on the weekends. And flyboarding regulations were finally adopted after months of debate.
Residents flex their muscles: opposition to gasoline storage in Northville shifts opinions on town boardAfter listening to many hours of community opposition to United Riverhead Terminal’s plan to store and distribute gasoline in Northville, a majority of town board now appears ready to deny the company’s special permit application, reversing prior course.
- Former town employee’s lawsuit claiming wrongful termination, breach of contract and other charges is dismissed by state Supreme Court judge.
- Riverhead deputy town attorney William Duffy, who has served in Riverhead since January 2011, has been named town attorney for the Town of Southold.