Supervisor Sean Walter and councilman George Gabrielsen at a recent town board work session. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
The lights have been dimmed, but they’re not being turned off.
At least, not yet.
Plans to build at least one peaker plant at the Enterprise Park at Calverton — to produce energy that would be sold to the Long Island Power Authority — are now on hold. But much remains in motion while LIPA decides whether renewable energy projects at the Calverton site are worthwhile, a decision that will affect Riverhead taxpayers directly, since balancing next year’s budget hinges, in part, on lease agreements with private power vendors at EPCAL. (more…)
The Riverhead Town Board members seemed to like what they saw during a discussion at Thursday’s work session on bringing WaterFire to the Peconic River. Lisa Lowenstein, an advisor to WaterFire creator Barnaby Evans, also said she was happy with the amount of enthusiasm for the project she has encountered from residents and town officials. The next steps will be to find funding for the project. The Town Board also gave an unofficial go-ahead to the new Winter Farmers’ Market proposed for the former McCabe’s/Dinosaur Museum building on East Main Street, which starts Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be held on Saturdays through May 16.
John Edgar (right) of Pataki & Cahill speaks at Thursday’s town board work session. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
While Riverhead Town officials are still waiting for state approval of a 50-lot subdivision of the Enterprise Park at Calverton land it owns, Supervisor Sean Walter said Thursday that he now favors selling that approved subdivision map to developers and letting them be responsible for building roads and infrastructure at the site, rather than the town.
The cost of building the roads and infrastructure at EPCAL has been estimated at more than $20 million, money Mr. Walter says the town doesn’t have. (more…)
The Riverhead Town Board is scheduled to meet with two companies to discuss ways to market land at EPCAL at its work session Thursday. (more…)
Members of the Suffolk County Planning Commission at this week’s meeting. (Credit: Tim Gannon)
Despite calls to deny it from two environmental organizations, Riverhead Town’s proposed 50-lot subdivision and reuse plan for the Enterprise Park at Calverton took a step forward Wednesday, as the Suffolk County Planning Commission gave its approval to the project, with some recommendations.
The EPCAL subdivision is required before the town can start selling individual lots on the 2,400 acre property.
Town officials are banking on income from land sales and leases (though they have said no subdivision would be necessary in order to secure the lease) at EPCAL to balance its budget in 2015 and future years.
Tebbens Steel at EPCAL celebrated its 70th anniversary Sept. 19. Elsie Tebbens, Councilman John Dunleavy, Tom Tebbens Sr, Tom Tebbens II, and Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter celebrated the milestone. (Credit: Tim Gannon)
Alfred Tebbens started a repair shop business in 1944, a small operation that began in Center Moriches. Now 70 years later, that business, now known as Tebbens Steel, is still going strong with its main operation in Enterprise Park at Calverton. (more…)
(Credit: Andrew Lepre, file)
In the past few months, this newspaper has editorialized more than once on the town’s budget situation. It faces a $1.6 million deficit in 2015 — and no formal budget has even been presented yet. (more…)
The Riverhead Town Board is scheduled to have its first public discussion on the 2015 town budget at its work session on Thursday. Supervisor Sean Walter has said the budget will need to cut about 20 positions in order to avoid a 12 percent tax increase, due in part to a roughly $4 million budget deficit. (more…)