NEWS-REVIEW FILE PHOTO | Riverhead Town Board members in Town Hall.
Riverhead Town Board members on Tuesday argued over whether to give salary increases to employees who will be taking on new responsibilities this year due to positions eliminated due to attrition.
The town offered a retirement incentive program for 2015 aimed at getting older, higher paid employees to retire. Eleven employees, including some department heads, took the offer. (more…)
Farmer Lyle Wells at a Town Board meeting in 2011. (Credit: News-Review file)
The Riverhead Town Board has fired longtime Planning Board member Lyle Wells from the post he’s held since 2002.
During its 2015 organizational meeting Tuesday, the Town Board appointed George Nunnaro, owner of gam company Prest-O-Peconic and Service in Riverhead, to the position instead of Mr. Wells.
Councilwoman Jodi Giglio said of Mr. Nunnaro: ”He has a background in real estate and a familiarity with the town.”
Mr. Nunnaro is also a former member of the town’s Empire Development Zone at the Enterprise Park at Calverton.
Supervisor Sean Walter and councilman George Gabrielsen at a recent town board work session. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
The budget process for Riverhead Town’s 2015 spending plan started off the same way it has for the past several years: with a so-called “structural deficit.” (more…)
The 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
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | (L-R) Anthony Coates, John Dunleavy and Jodi Giglio at a debate last year.
Riverhead Town Councilwoman Jodi Giglio said she and her husband, Mike, haven’t been able to pay back any of the approximately $12,000 in taxes they didn’t pay on past improvements to their Baiting Hollow home.
The Riverhead Town Board Tuesday voted to abolish the town planning director position in a 3-2 vote, with Council members John Dunleavy and Jodi Giglio opposed. The position is not funded in the 2015 budget, as officials are seeking to cut spending.
The position has been held for many years by Rick Hanley, who hasn’t indicated a desire to retire. Ms. Giglio said she wants to keep Mr. Hanley and eliminate another planning position, while Mr. Dunleavy said the move would leave the town with only one planner.
The board also tabled a resolution to set a Jan. 6 public hearing on new regulations for “flyboarding” and other “JetPack” vessels in town waters, and swore in six new police recruits, according to the meeting agenda.
The Town Board also voted to reschedule to March 18 a public hearing on United Riverhead Terminal’s plans to build two new tanks in Northville after URT requested the adjournment.
To read what else happened at Tuesday’s board meeting, click below to read News-Review reporter Tim Gannon’s live blog of the meeting and scroll down for the full meeting agenda and resolution packet.
Live Blog Riverhead Town Board 12-16-2014
December 16, 2014 – Agenda by Timesreview
December 16, 2014 – Packet by Timesreview
United Riverhead Terminal asked for a two-month adjournment of the public hearing scheduled for Tuesday on its special permit to build two new tanks on its Northville property, but the Riverhead Town Board instead gave its an adjournment of about three months. (more…)
United Riverhead Terminal in Northville plans to convert two of the existing petroleum tanks on its property to gasoline storage tanks. (Credit: Tim Gannon)
United Riverhead Terminal is requesting a two-month adjournment of the public hearing on its proposal to convert two tanks at its Northville property from fuel oil storage to gasoline storage.