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.
The Riverhead Town Board is scheduled to continue its discussion on plowing snow on private roads, something the town has done for years even thought the state constitution says it should not.
The board also will discuss proposed regulations for flyboarding, after a proposed solution was tabled at Tuesday’s Town Board meeting so the board could discuss it further. Also, the plastic bag ban is up for discussion again.
The meeting starts at 10 a.m. and News-Review reporter Tim Gannon will be live blogging it. Click below to follow or comment and see the full meeting agenda below that.
Live Blog Riverhead Town Board work session 10-23-2104
October 23, 2014 – Agenda by Timesreview
Waste water being aerated in one of the two 750,000-gallon treatment tanks at the Riverhead Sewer District plant. (Credit: Paul Squire)
A $23.5 million upgrade to Riverhead’s sewer system — which was to have been completed last winter — could take at least two years longer than expected, and the town has applied for an extension of the project completion date from January 2014 to April 2016.
In the meantime, the town is seeking additional funds from the county to help pay for the cost of the upgrade. The town doesn’t have the money. (more…)
Northville residents came out in force to oppose United Riverhead Terminal’s special permit application to convert two of its oil tanks on its Northville property to gasoline storage at a public hearing before the Riverhead Town Board Tuesday night. The board held the hearing open until Dec. 16 and promised to discuss the issue further at a work session.
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…)
The Riverhead Town Board heard from Liz Stokes and Kim Judd with the town’s veterans affairs committee, as well as from Michael Butler, the managing partner of Woolworth Revitalization LLC, at today’s work session, which starts at 10 a.m. (more…)
The pros and cons of flyboarding were debated at Tuesday’s Riverhead Town Board during a public hearing on a plan to regulate the up and coming sport, which is being done at Treasure Cove marina.
Jim Bissett IV, who operates Flyboard Long Island at the marina, said the town’s proposal to push them 500 feet off shore was excessive, while some neighbors said the Flyboarding was noisy.
The board also voted to rezone the Second Street firehouse to DC-1, a mostly commercial zone that’s in place on most of downtown Main Street. The town agreed to change the zone as a condition of a $500,000 sale of the property to Suffolk Theater owner Bob Castaldi, but some residents, as well as Councilwoman Jodi Giglio, argued that the town should seek new bids for the property now that it is rezoned to a more business-friendly zone.
The board also agreed, in a 3-2 vote, to authorize the conversion of the Henry Pfeifer Community Center in Calverton into a new town animal shelter.
Riverhead Town Board members at an April meeting. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
With Supervisor Sean Walter’s preliminary budget officially released earlier this week, the numbers are officially in: a 2.08 townwide tax levy increase is suggested by the supervisor in 2015. Due to projected increases in the assessed value on taxable land throughout the town, this is expected to raise the tax rate by 0.58 percent, or about $14 for a household at about $300,000 market value.
After all the discussion over the past few weeks, members of the town board spoke with the News-Review after the budget was released and offered their thoughts on the proposed spending plan.