Downtown Riverhead comes back to light

04/20/2011 1:43 PM |

Riverhead buildings and grounds personnel has started changing about 150 light bulbs in all the street lamps that dot downtown’s Main Street.

Town engineer Ken Testa, who heads the department, said Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter directed his staff to address the light situation after a rough winter blew out more than the usual number of bulbs.

“There are 70 light poles on Main Street and 4,000 lights townwide, so you’re always going to have some out,” Mr. Testa said. “But because of the extreme winter we had, there was a lot of snow plowing, which causes vibrations, and we had almost double the amount of lights out this spring as we usually do.”

He said downtown businesses owners have complained about the high number of blown bulbs and Mr. Walter asked him to redirect his priorities to get the lights fixed this year.

Instead of simply looking for lights that are out and replacing them, the department will instead replace all of them, starting this week and continuing into next week, Mr. Tests said.

“Normally, you replace 10 and by the time you’re done, 10 more are out,” he said. “We’re hoping this will last a year.”

The bulbs cost about $10 apiece and the crews should be able to change bulbs in about 20 poles a day, he said. There are two lights out on Peconic Avenue because an underground line was broken during the construction at Grangebel Park, but that line will be repaired as well, Mr. Testa said.

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  • Mr. Walter, doesn’t even know what a lite bulb is.Jill, nice write up.Why do you lie for him. Mr. Testa sould get the credit,and you know that.

  • With all the spin out of Sean’s office, I’m surprised he didn’t invent the light bulb!!!!

  • SORRY MR VILLELLA BUT MR TUCCIO AND I HAVE BEEN ASKING TO HAVE THE LIGHTS FIXED ON AND AROUND MAIN STREET STARTING WITH THE CARDINALE ADMINISTRATION.BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS DOE’S A GREAT JOB BUT THEY CAN ONLY DO WHAT THEY ARE TOLD TO DO BY THEIR BOSS AND HE CAN ONLY DO WHAT HE IS TOLD TO DO BY HIS BOSS,THE SUPERVISOR.THE BID ASKED THE SUPERVISOR IF HE COULD FIX THE LIGHTS LAST WEEK AND KEN TESTA AND HIS MEN WHERE RIGHT ON IT.WE ALSO ASKED THE SUPERVISOR IF HE COULD FIX THE SIDE WALKS THAT ARE BROKEN ON MAIN STREET.HE RESPONDED THAT HE WOULD DISCUSS THE SITUATION WITH GIO AND TRY TO RESOLVE IT.SINCE THE TOWN DOES NOT HAVE ANY MONEY THAT MAY BE HARD TO DO.I DO REMEMBER MR CARDINALE BEING GIVEN A GRANT OF 1.7 MILLION DOLLARS TO FIX THE SIDE WALKS WHICH HE GAVE BACK, I ALSO REMEMBER GIO ASKING PHIL AND THE TOWN BOARD TO GIVE HIM 3 EMPLOYEE’S AND HE WOULD HAVE THEM FIX EVERY SIDEWALK IN RIVERHEAD TOWN AND WOULD BE DONE IN THREE YEARS.PHIL’S RESPONCE WAS NO AND WE HAVE BEEN PAYING LAWSUITS FOR PEOPLE FALLING EVER SINCE. STOP TRYING TO MAKE THINGS POLITICAL VINNY.HOW ABOUT WORKING TOGETHER TO MAKE RIVERHEAD GREAT AGAIN.BY THE WAY DID’NT PHIL TRIP ON THE SIDE WALK ON MAIN STREET AND BREAK HIS ELBOW??

  • SORRY MR VILLELLA BUT MR TUCCIO AND I HAVE BEEN ASKING TO HAVE THE LIGHTS FIXED ON AND AROUND MAIN STREET STARTING WITH THE CARDINALE ADMINISTRATION.BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS DOE’S A GREAT JOB BUT THEY CAN ONLY DO WHAT THEY ARE TOLD TO DO BY THEIR BOSS AND HE CAN ONLY DO WHAT HE IS TOLD TO DO BY HIS BOSS,THE SUPERVISOR.THE BID ASKED THE SUPERVISOR IF HE COULD FIX THE LIGHTS LAST WEEK AND KEN TESTA AND HIS MEN WHERE RIGHT ON IT.WE ALSO ASKED THE SUPERVISOR IF HE COULD FIX THE SIDE WALKS THAT ARE BROKEN ON MAIN STREET.HE RESPONDED THAT HE WOULD DISCUSS THE SITUATION WITH GIO AND TRY TO RESOLVE IT.SINCE THE TOWN DOES NOT HAVE ANY MONEY THAT MAY BE HARD TO DO.I DO REMEMBER MR CARDINALE BEING GIVEN A GRANT OF 1.7 MILLION DOLLARS TO FIX THE SIDE WALKS WHICH HE GAVE BACK, I ALSO REMEMBER GIO ASKING PHIL AND THE TOWN BOARD TO GIVE HIM 3 EMPLOYEE’S AND HE WOULD HAVE THEM FIX EVERY SIDEWALK IN RIVERHEAD TOWN AND WOULD BE DONE IN THREE YEARS.PHIL’S RESPONCE WAS NO AND WE HAVE BEEN PAYING LAWSUITS FOR PEOPLE FALLING EVER SINCE. STOP TRYING TO MAKE THINGS POLITICAL VINNY.HOW ABOUT WORKING TOGETHER TO MAKE RIVERHEAD GREAT AGAIN.BY THE WAY DID’NT PHIL TRIP ON THE SIDE WALK ON MAIN STREET AND BREAK HIS ELBOW??

  • Calm down everyone–

    According to this week’s News Review, the lights are getting fixed, the graffiti is going away, there is a plan to finally fix some of the sidewalks, there are going to be cameras for security and there is a wealth of events coming to downtown. What is it about people in Riverhead that they always see the glass as half full? I say job well done.

    Sean is the Supervsior, he should get the credit. Lord knows he’d be attacked if all this didn’t get done.

  • Calm down everyone–

    According to this week’s News Review, the lights are getting fixed, the graffiti is going away, there is a plan to finally fix some of the sidewalks, there are going to be cameras for security and there is a wealth of events coming to downtown. What is it about people in Riverhead that they always see the glass as half full? I say job well done.

    Sean is the Supervsior, he should get the credit. Lord knows he’d be attacked if all this didn’t get done.

  • Then I hope you feel like Sean should get the blame for all the things going wrong!!! And there is a lot………….

  • NO I DO NOT THINK SEAN OR THE TOWN BOARD SHOULD BE BLAMED. I PERSONALLY WENT TO THE TOWN BOARD ABOUT THE SIDE WALKS DURING THE CARDINALE ADMINISTRATION ( CHECK THE TAPE ) 5 OLDER RESIDENTS FELL AND SUED THE TOWN IN ONE WEEK.HIS RESPONCE WAS TO GIVE BACK THE GRANT WE GOT TO FIX THEM.ED TUCCIO AND MYSELF WENT TO HIM ABOUT FIXING PARKING LOT LIGHTS (TOOK HIM ALMOST A YEAR ). THE BID WAS RECONSTITUTED UNDER THE CURRENT SUPERVISOR AND TOWN BOARD AND THEY SUPPORT AND SUGGEST THE THINGS WE DO.