12/30/14 7:10pm
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The view from Route 105 bridge at Indian Island golf course as the Peconic River leads into the Bay. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The view from Route 105 bridge at Indian Island golf course as the Peconic River leads into the Bay. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

As Riverhead Town Board members continue to work on regulations which would permit flyboarding in local waters, a group of local residents have filed a petition with the town, asking its leaders to do the exact opposite.

Over 30 residents submitted a petition in town hall on Monday, “asking the Town of Riverhead Board to cease all flyboarding activities in Treasure Cove and the connecting River/Estuary.” (more…)

12/30/14 2:00pm
Live Blog Riverhead Town Board Meeting 12-30-2014
After months of discussions to regulate flyboarding, and then a statement by the town supervisor that Riverhead is “not the place” for the activity, the town board held off on holding another public hearing on regulating the use of “jet packs” in town.
Flyboarding involves being thrust into the air by water-propelled jetpacks that are attached to people’s feet and powered by a jet ski. The activity has been run by Jim Bissett IV, the son of Long Island Aquarium co-founder Jim Bissett III, over the past season.
However what might seem like a fun activity has found itself the subject of several town hall discussions over regulation. Some neighbors have complained about noise coming from the activity, and Councilman Jim Wooten has said “The bottom line is it’s just not safe.”
Also on Tuesday’s agenda is recognition for town employees who are retiring, as well as resolutions to accept funding for two different grants — one for creating an agritourism center downtown, and another for creating historical district signs.
Read live coverage of Tuesday’s meeting below:

12/21/14 2:00pm
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A medical marijuana distribution facility in the San Fernando Valley, California. (Credit: Laurie Avocado, Wikimedia)

A medical marijuana distribution facility in the San Fernando Valley, California. (Credit: Laurie Avocado, Wikimedia)

While it is not likely to take effect until 2016, New York State is one step closer to allowing patients access to medical marijuana, and that could open the door for a distribution center on the East End.

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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
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After balancing its budget with $750,000 in projected revenues next year from either selling off or 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…)

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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…)