12/18/14 10:00am
12/18/2014 10:00 AM


liveblogThe Riverhead Town Board on Thursday backed off its original plan to identify which private roads it would continue to plow snow on by the end of the year.

The board will now push the decision off until some time in 2015 after it investigates the issue further. The Town Board had held a public hearing on Dec. 2 to allow about 41 private roads that have been plowed by the town in the past and used by the public for at least 10 years to continue to be plowed. Some residents supported the idea, some opposed it and some were unsure.

At Thursday’s work session, the board was looking to finalize a list of which roads to continue plowing under a state provision called “highways by use,” in which the town would only provide snow plowing and cold patch services, and the roads would not be brought up to town highway standards for width, thickness and drainage.

However, Supervisor Sean Walter recommended the town also take some of the streets in as regular highways, and the town highway department bring them up to standards, rather than the residents of those streets, as is normally done, according to highway superintendent George Woodson, who opposed that idea.

To find out what else was discussed at Thursday’s work session, click below to read News-Review reporter Tim Gannon’s live blog of the meeting and scroll down for  the full meeting agenda.

Live Blog Riverhead Town Board work session 12-18-2014


December 18, 2014 – Agenda by Timesreview

12/17/14 3:30pm
12/17/2014 3:30 PM

EPCAL_signAfter balancing its budget with $750,000 in projected revenues next year from either selling off of leasing land at the town-owned Enterprise Park at Calverton — namely to companies aiming to sell energy to the Long Island Power Authority — Riverhead Town had one project given a green light by LIPA on Wednesday that may end up covering the gap.

On Wednesday, LIPA’s Board of Trustees selected four solar projects from Calverton with which to start negotiating power purchase agreements. While three are with firms planning to lease private lands, one of them was at EPCAL with Hecate Energy, LLC. (more…)

12/17/14 9:30am
Planning director Rick Hanley looking over Lowes' site plan for the former Suffolk Life building on Route 58 in 2009. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Planning director Rick Hanley looking over Lowes’ site plan for the former Suffolk Life building on Route 58 in 2009. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Riverhead Town Board abolished the planning director position on Tuesday night, which was held by Rick Hanley for more than 25 years.

The Town Board voted 3-2 to eliminate the position at the end of the year, with Councilwoman Jodi Giglio and Councilman John Dunleavy voting in opposition of the measure. (more…)

12/17/14 8:00am

The owner of the Bayview Inn & Restaurant is proposing splitting the property, which also holds a two-unit home, into two separate parcels. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A proposal to convert the former Bayview Inn and Restaurant in South Jamesport into five apartment units was met with opposition from nearby residents at a Zoning Board of Appeals hearing last Thursday.

The 19,985-square-foot property’s zoning calls for two-acre residential lots, even though it, and most of the properties in that neighborhood, are well under one acre. (more…)

12/16/14 7:03pm
12/16/2014 7:03 PM

The Riverhead Town Board Tuesday voted to abolish the town planning director position in a 3-2 vote, with Council members John Dunleavy and Jodi Giglio opposed. The position is not funded in the 2015 budget, as officials are seeking to cut spending.

The position has been held for many years by Rick Hanley, who hasn’t indicated a desire to retire. Ms. Giglio said she wants to keep Mr. Hanley and eliminate another planning position, while Mr. Dunleavy said the move would leave the town with only one planner.

The board also tabled a resolution to set a Jan. 6 public hearing on new regulations for “flyboarding” and other “JetPack” vessels in town waters, and swore in six new police recruits, according to the meeting agenda.

The Town Board also voted to reschedule to March 18 a public hearing on United Riverhead Terminal’s plans to build two new tanks in Northville after URT requested the adjournment.

To read what else happened at Tuesday’s board meeting, click below to read News-Review reporter Tim Gannon’s live blog of the meeting  and scroll down for the full meeting agenda and resolution packet.

Live Blog Riverhead Town Board 12-16-2014


December 16, 2014 – Agenda by Timesreview



December 16, 2014 – Packet by Timesreview