Riverhead Town has quietly been in the throes of a budget crisis for several years. On the upside, the hefty surplus Supervisor Sean Walter inherited when he took office in 2010 has kept the town from sinking entirely into the red.
On the downside, the town has relied on that same surplus to balance its budget ever since. READ
Last June, Wading River Fire District officials considered borrowing $4 million to $6 million to upgrade or replace the Hulse Landing Road fire station. Borrowing funds to upgrade its newer headquarters on North Country Road was discussed at a later date. READ
A public meeting will be held Tuesday night to discuss a plan to borrow anywhere from $4 million to $6 million to improve facilities in the Wading River Fire District — most notably, an upgrade of its Hulse Landing Fire Station. READ
The Hulse Landing Road fire house is in need of upgrades, district officials say. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)
Details about a plan to renovate the Hulse Landing fire station in Wading River — or raze it entirely and build a new one — have been revealed, with costs coming in at anywhere from $4 to $6 million.
Garbage on Oak Avenue in Flanders. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file photo)
If a controversial proposed garbage district in Flanders, Riverside and Northampton is going forward, the town will likely need to first re-bid it, according to Councilman Brad Bender of Northampton.
But that’s assuming the district is even moving forward, a decision that the Town Board will likely make some time after a public hearing on the proposal in mid-May, he said. (more…)
Kenny Alfano of Flanders voices his displeasure that Flanders Riverside Northampton Civic Association membership applications had not been processed in time for the monthly meeting Monday night. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
What’s stinky, inside everyone’s house and able to draw more people than ever — not to mention the police — to a Flanders, Riverside, and Northampton Community Association meeting?
Dave Colone, Chairman of Suffolk County Planning Commissioner; Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director of the Citizens Campaign for the Environment; Bob Delucca, President and CEO of the Group for the East End, County Executive Steve Bellone, Dick Amper, Executive Director of the Long Island Pine Barrens Society and Deputy Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory. (Courtesy photo)
Not once, but twice, this newspaper has wagged its finger at Suffolk County government for dipping into its Drinking Water Protection Program without just cause, using the voter-approved preservation dollars to balance its general fund books.
Environmental groups responded to the county’s actions with litigation. (more…)
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO
The Riverhead school board voted to upgrade various parts of the school’s infrastructure Tuesday night, approving the use of $456,000 from the district’s capital reserve fund. In addition, they decided to offer the voting public a $3.98 million bond proposition that will be on the May ballot for bus purchases. (more…)