Town Hall Notebook
- A town alcohol policy was adopted yesterday, prohibiting alcohol at all events geared toward youth. The board also approved two controversial farm stand laws.
New farm stand code adopted: allows up to 40 percent ‘regionally grown’ produce, reduces minimum lot sizeA new code regulating farm stands was unanimously adopted yesterday by the Riverhead Town Board over the opposition of civic groups and residents who argue that it will have unintended consequences that may change the rural landscape of Riverhead Town.
New five-story, 45-unit apartment building on West Main Street, gains preliminary site plan approvalThe five-story, 45-unit apartment building proposed for West Main Street was granted preliminary site plan approval last night by the Riverhead Planning Board, which last night also issued a determination that the development will have no significant environmental impact.
Riverhead supervisor’s budget calls for 1.4 percent overall spending increase, 4.08 percent tax rate hikeRiverhead Town’s tax rate will increase 4.08 percent under the $54.3 million town spending plan Supervisor Sean Walter has proposed for fiscal year 2016. (Scroll down to view budget, below.) The tax rate would increase to $51.029 per $1,000 of assessed valuation under the supervisor’s proposal. That’s up $2 per thousand over last year’s town tax ...
Combining recreation and senior citizen departments will increase services, save money, department heads tell boardRiverhead’s senior citizen and recreation departments will be combined into one in a move that will increase programming and save the town about $1 million over the next five years, if a plan put together by the two department heads is approved by the town board.
- The debate, hosted by the Jamesport-South Jamesport Civic Association, will be open to all candidates for the Riverhead Town Board. Another debate next Wednesday will be held for candidates for town supervisor and town justice.
- At Wednesday night’s meeting, the town board authorized bow-hunting for deer on certain town-owned properties Oct. 5 – Dec. 6, added four more Baiting Hollow roads to the town’s list of “189 roads,” authorized an ad for a junior civil engineer, and backed out of a deal to sell the historic East Lawn building.
- PBMC Health gained site plan approval today for a planned 5,400-square-foot “annex” at Gateway Plaza on Route 58, where it will operate an urgent care and diagnostic imaging facility.
- The dozens of protesters who turned out at Town Hall last night all came with the same message: any longer of a wait would be too long for the patients in need of a life-saving, life-changing medication.
- Facing Riverhead officials’ insistence that the former Blockbuster Video site on Route 58 is inappropriate for a medical marijuana dispensary, Columbia Care officials agreed to explore alternatives.
New CPA’s undisclosed past connection with Riverhead financial administrator and school district scandal irks boardRiverhead Town Board members say the financial administrator, WIlliam Rothaar, did not disclose his past connection to the new CPA’s disgraced and disbanded firm, Miller, Lilly and Pearce, which was involved in the scandal at the Roslyn school district, where Rothaar was district treasurer.
- The developers of Peconic Crossing, the five-story apartment building proposed for the site of the L.I. Science Center at 11 West Main Street, got a green light this week from the Riverhead Architectural Review Board. The ARB gave its approval to a completely revamped design, subject to a few minor changes to which the developer and ...
- Pothole repairs for downtown parking lot OKed; ‘expedited’ review for farm stands, smaller lots for farm stands, expansion of nonconforming single-family residences to be aired at Aug. 18 public hearings, more.
- Riverhead officials are moving forward on the idea of sewering the South Jamesport area, first proposed by Supervisor Sean Walter last month following the massive fish kill in the Peconic River and Flanders Bay. The town board Tuesday authorized a consolidated funding application for the state grant funds to support a wastewater infrastructure feasibility study for ...
Riverhead bans party leaders from elected office in controversial move critics decry as ‘personal vendetta’The town board split 3-2 in the vote, with council members Jodi Giglio and John Dunleavy opposed, calling the move motivated by political revenge after two Republican incumbents lost the party nomination for re-election.