04/12/14 2:00pm
04/12/2014 2:00 PM
TIM GANNON PHOTO | Garbage dumped in woods along Oak Avenue in Flanders.

Garbage dumped in the woods. (Tim Gannon file photo)

Town Board members want local businesses to participate in an Adopt-a-Road program to clean up litter along town roads.

Osborn Avenue resident Christine Doubrava, who has been picking up litter in her neighborhood for years, told the board at last week’s work session that the type of garbage she’s finding on the streets is changing.

“I’m willing to pick up beer bottles, cigarette packs and so on, but what’s troubling me this year is that it’s transformed, and it’s no longer litter. It’s debris and garbage,” she said.

Ms. Doubrava showed board members some samples of the plastic foam, industrial garbage and packing papers she’s more frequently finding on the roadsides.

“It’s from one end of the road to the other,” she said.

Ms. Doubrava said she’s spoken to Highway Superintendent George Woodson as well as Crown Sanitation, which has a recycling facility on Youngs Avenue, and both were very receptive.

“We clean up an area one week and the next week it’s the same,” Mr. Woodson said at the work session.

Supervisor Sean Walter suggested sending a letter to area businesses urging them to participate in an Adopt-a-Road program that would allow a sign with the company’s name on it.

“Maybe we make the sign a little bit bigger, a little bit nicer, if we can get the businesses to adopt the highways,” Mr. Walter said. “That sign could be worth something, and they’d probably pay people to clean the road.”

Mr. Walter said his office and Mr. Woodson can coordinate to establish the program.

01/02/14 4:14pm
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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Highway department assistant superintendent Mark Gajowski loads a truck up with sand/salt mixture at the highway department yard Thursday morning.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Highway department assistant superintendent Mark Gajowski loads a truck up with sand/salt mixture at the highway department yard Thursday morning.

Update: Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter declared a state of emergency starting at 9 p.m. tonight, Thursday, as a coastal storm approaching the area is expected to bring high winds and dump up to 10 inches of snow.

Mr. Walter cautioned cars to remain off town roadways and that residents along coastlines, especially the Long Island Sound in Wading River and Baiting Hollow, should prepare for coastal flooding and erosion.

Vehicles parked on public roadways during a state of emergency are subject to towing.

Original story: Though a large snowfall looms Thursday night into Friday, after snowfalls of 21.5 inches in 2010 and over two feet last winter, highway superintendent Gio Woodson said on Thursday he’s more than ready for this next one.

“A storm’s a storm. We do the same thing every time,” he said.

Mr. Woodson said Thursday afternoon that the town roads had been sanded and with most of the snowfall expected after midnight, the calm before the storm has set in.

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“Now it’s time to take a break, take a chill pill, rest up and get ready for tonight,” said Mr. Woodson.

While the National Weather Service website warns that anywhere from five to nine inches could come tonight, with another one two two inches tomorrow, NWS meteorologist Joe Pollina said that the East End is likely to fall on the higher end of the range.

“The twin forks, and Riverhead area, will likely be closer to the 10-inch range, with western Suffolk closer to eight inches,” he said. Mr. Pollina added that the bulk of snow should arrive after midnight, with minor accumulation after sunrise.

Mr. Woodson will be fighting this storm with new covers for his salt barns, finally. Constructed in 2011 at a cost of over $700,000, the structures were badly damaged during Hurricane Sandy less than six months later. The town proceeded to sue three of the companies associated with the construction of the barns, and remains in court on the matters. The town’s insurance paid for the new covers — which were fixed about a month ago — and will reimburse its insurance company should litigation prove successful, according to Supervisor Sean Walter.

He added that with last year’s storm under their belt, and plenty of other bigger ones before this blizzard, crews are at the ready.

“Everybody’s ready. It doesn’t look like a terrible 24-inch snowstorm,” he said. “It’s cause it’s the first one of the year, so everybody is a little anxious.”

06/09/13 12:00pm
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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | One of the two barns, which cost $700,000 to construct, holds 500 tons of salt and the other holds 1,000.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | One of the two barns, which cost $700,000 to construct, holds 500 tons of salt and the other holds 1,000.

The Riverhead Town Board last week authorized legal action against three companies associated with the construction of two salt barns at the town highway department yard on Route 58, one of which was completely ripped apart during Sandy.

The town awarded a $706,732 contract for the project to DeLalio-South Fork Asphalt in 2010 to demolish the town’s old salt storage structure and build the new ones, a move that was being required by the state.

But the structures were damaged during Hurricane Sandy and the companies that built them have refused to make repairs.

“We spent a lot of money on that salt barn and the first storm we had tore it all apart,” Councilman John Dunleavy said at last Tuesday’s Town Board meeting. “We thought we had a warranty, but now no one wants to fix it, so we have to sue them.”

The resolution authorized legal action against DeLalio-South Fork Asphalt as well as Clear Span Fabric Structures and Long Island Building Systems Inc.

It was unclear what roles the latter two companies played in building the salt barn.

tgannon@timesreview.com