08/29/13 9:45am
08/29/2013 9:45 AM


The Riverhead Town Board is expected to vote on a resolution to deny a controversial excavating permit application for Driftwood Family Farms,  whose owners have been seeking permission to excavate 415,160 cubic yards of material from a 41-acre Route 25 farm in Calverton.

The board discussed the resolution briefly at its work session Thursday and is expected to vote on the issue at Wednesday’s regular meeting scheduled for 2 p.m.

Property owner Steve Mezynieski argued before the Town Board earlier this year that he was excavating the land to eliminate hills and slopes on the property, which is just west of the FedEx building, to make it better for farming.

Town officials, meanwhile, expressed concern that the proposed excavation was a sand mine in disguise.

Then on Aug. 19, Robert Somers of the state Department of Agriculture and Markets wrote in a letter to Mr. Mezynieski — and copied to Riverhead Town and the town attorney’s office — that the state only allows farms to excavate when it is in aid of agricultural activities, and that this case doesn’t meet that criteria because only a portion of the property appears to be in agricultural production, based on aerial photos.

Mr. Mezynieski is the manager of the department’s Agricultural Protection Unit.

Also at Thursday’s work session, the board discussed hiring EGA Architects and Cashing Associates Engineering for $87,500 to come up with a plan to turn the Route 58 armory into a town police and court headquarters.

In addition, the board discussed new regulations regarding clearing for commercial projects near residences.

News-Review reporter Tim Gannon reported live from Thursday’s work session.

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August 29, 2013 – Agenda by Riverhead News-Review

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The Riverhead Town Board will discuss what to do with the Second Street Firehouse, which it now owns, at its work session Thursday morning.

The board will also discuss its taxi cab ordinance and the issuance of a request for proposals to use both the Second Street Firehouse and the East Lawn Building on East Main Street.

The meeting starts at 10 a.m., following a 9:30 a.m. executive session regarding litigation over the highway department’s new salt barn.

News-Review reporter Tim Gannon will be live blogging from the meeting.

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August 15, 2013 – Agenda by Riverhead News-Review

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NEWS-REVIEW PHOTO | The East Lawn building on  East Main Street.

NEWS-REVIEW PHOTO | The East Lawn building is on East Main Street.

The Riverhead Town Board agreed Thursday to accept sealed bids for the town’s East Lawn building, which currently houses the town historian’s office, the Riverhead Chamber of Commerce and other offices.

The Town Board discussed the plans at its regularly scheduled 10 a.m. work session in Riverhead Town Hall.

If the East Main Street building is sold, some offices would then be moved elsewhere, possibly the vacant 2nd Street firehouse, officials said.

The board also discussed rules of procedure for speaking at official Town Board meetings, and whether to promote recreation department superintendent Ray Coyne to provisional Parks and Recreation administrator at a $102,000 salary.

Mr. Coyne currently makes about $94,000.

Board members planned discuss the promotion in executive session.

News-Review reporter Tim Gannon reported live from the meeting. Click below to see what happened.


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