12/16/14 7:03pm
12/16/2014 7:03 PM

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

12/10/14 5:36pm
12/10/2014 5:36 PM
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 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.

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12/05/14 10:58am
12/05/2014 10:58 AM

 

There were plenty of frights in Riverhead for the start of the Edgar Allen Poe Festival. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

There were plenty of frights in Riverhead for the start of the Edgar Allan Poe Festival. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The Edgar Allan Poe Festival looks like it will be doing an encore next year around Halloween.

Riverhead Town Board members discussed the possibility of doing the festival again next year at their work session Thursday with Sal St. George, who organized the event, and Ray Pickersgill, the president of the Business Improvement District Management Association, which sponsored it. (more…)

12/04/14 9:30am
12/04/2014 9:30 AM

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Expect the Edgar Allan Poe Festival to return to downtown Riverhead next Halloween. Town Board members welcomed the idea of bringing it back during a discussion with festival creator Sal St. George and BID president Ray Pickersgill at Thursday’s work session.  Mr. St. George said he’d like to do a “War of the Worlds” broadcast next year.  (more…)

12/03/14 2:44pm
12/03/2014 2:44 PM
Town Board members took John Cahill (center) of The Pataki-Cahill Group on a tour of EPCAL Tuesday morning. 'There's tremendous infrastructure on the site,' Mr. Cahill said. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Town Board members took John Cahill (center) on a tour of EPCAL Tuesday morning. ‘There’s tremendous infrastructure on the site,’ Mr. Cahill said. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Riverhead Town Board seems poised to hire a “specialized business development firm” headed by former Gov. George Pataki in order to market town-owned land at Enterprise Park at Calverton and woo potential investors.

After taking a bus tour of EPCAL with representatives of the Pataki-Cahill Group on Tuesday, Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter suggested the Town Board move forward in drawing up a contract with the firm to work as marketing consultants. A majority of the Town Board appears to be in favor of the plan.

The Pataki-Cahill Group was founded by Mr. Pataki and former state Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner John Cahill, who also served as Mr. Pataki’s chief of staff.

Mr. Cahill ran for attorney general on the Republican line this year and lost to incumbent Democrat Eric Schneiderman. (more…)

12/02/14 10:25pm
12/02/2014 10:25 PM
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…)