Town Hall Notebook
- 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.
- Riverhead Town Board unanimously approves change of zone for old Second Street firehouse site after contentious discussion, hears comments on proposed flyboarding regulations, approves RFP for East Lawn building, approves NFAWL’s two-day spay-neuter clinic at Pfeifer Center.
- Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter blasted Highway Superintendent George Woodson for telling residents the highway department will no longer plow private roads, which Walter says the town must continue to do.
- Supervisor’s 2015 operating budget would increase the town tax levy by 2.08 percent over 2014, while the tax rate would raise by .58 percent.
- Riverhead Town Board Sept. 16 meeting highlights: retirements approved, public hearings held, special event permits OK-ed
- After 37 years, seven town supervisors and countless town boards, Town Hall’s longtime receptionist and switchboard operator will retire Dec. 31.
- In a pair of split votes late last night, the Riverhead Town Board rejected both short-term financing to plug the town’s projected multimillion budget gap next year and piercing the state-mandated 2-percent property tax cap— setting the stage for $2.2 million in cuts.