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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

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East Street in Jamesport, a private road. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

East Street in Jamesport, a private road. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

Town Board members say they plan to unveil a list later this month that will outline which private roads in Riverhead Town will get minimal highway services and which won’t receive any.

It makes sense to get the list together before the first storm of the season hits, but there’s a glaring hole in their plan: They have no system in place on how to accurately poll the residents who live on these roads in order to figure out who wants the town’s help and who does not. (more…)

12/02/14 10:25pm
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Town Hall was packed during a nearly four hour hearing on plowing private roads Tuesday

Town Hall was packed during a nearly four-hour hearing on plowing private roads Tuesday in Riverhead. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

A public hearing on a plan that would allow the town to continue plowing snow on 49 currently private roads but would take away their private status drew a big crowd to Riverhead Town Hall Tuesday.

The meeting lasted more than three hours and over 40 people spoke. Most were residents of private roads that have been plowed in the past, even though state law says they shouldn’t have been, and who want to continue receiving that service.

But some speakers were residents of private streets who preferred to keep them private and forgo town plowing. (more…)

10/24/14 10:30am
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East Street in Jamesport, a private road. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

East Street in Jamesport, a private road. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

The discussion over whether the Riverhead Town highway department should continue to plow private roads will open up beyond the Highway Superintendent and Town Board, heading to a public hearing in the near future.

The Town Board and Highway Superintendent George Woodson agreed at Thursday’s board work session to hold a public hearing on a plan that would allow the highway department to continue snow plowing and cold patching private roads on which the highway department has plowed and patched for at least the past 10 years. (more…)