With Councilman Jim Wooten absent and representing the swing vote, the Riverhead Town Board at its meeting Tuesday night held off on voting on resolutions that authorized a $6 million bridge loan to reduce taxes in the 2015 budget, as well as resolution to set a public hearing on a proposal to pierce the state’s two-percent tax cap with the 2015 budget. Supervisor Sean Walter and Councilman George Gabrielsen said they support authorizing the loan, which must be repaid in two years, on the hope that the town can sell some land at EPCAL.
Councilman John Dunleavy and Councilwoman Jodi Giglio opposed it.
The Riverhead Town Board will discuss a proposal to create a separate line on the tax bill for landfill debt at its work session Thursday. The town pays about $4 million in landfill debt per year, and that’s also the amount the town would have to cut to avoid a tax increase next year, officials say. (more…)
Riverhead Town can either seek a $6 million “bridge loan” or seek a waiver from the state’s two-percent tax cap law — two options the town is considering in light of a potential 12.5 percent tax hike for 2015, Supervisor Sean Walter said at Thursday’s Town Board work session. (more…)
The Riverhead Town Board is scheduled to hold public hearings this afternoon on proposals to limit where solar panel farms and clothing drop-off bins can be located. (more…)
Riverhead Town Board members debated the issue of political caucuses at Tuesday’s board meeting, when three personnel items Supervisor Sean Walter and Councilman Jim Wooten thought the board had agreed to in executive session met with opposition from Councilwoman Jodi Giglio and Councilman Jim Wooten when it came up for a vote. Councilman George Gabrielsen was absent, resulting in a 2-2 tie.
The Second Street firehouse finally appears to have a willing buyer — and a willing seller.
After a previous attempt by Supervisor Sean Walter to sell the house failed earlier this year, the Riverhead Town Board voted 4-1 Tuesday to authorize the sale of the building to Suffolk Theater owner Bob Castaldi for $500,000. (more…)
A plan to create a slalom water ski course in Terry Creek appears to be dead, Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter said at the end of Thursday’s Town Board work session.
“I’m done with water skiing,” he said. “We’re not doing it. It was a trial balloon. We wanted to float it and see what happened, and it raised the ire of so many people.” (more…)
The Riverhead Town Board discussed banning solar energy farms from agriculturally zoned land in town and limiting them to industrial land at its work session on Thursday. Officials say they fear allowing solar panels on farms would transform them into industrial sites. (more…)