01/22/15 9:30am
01/22/2015 9:30 AM

The Town Board discussed a proposal that would allow applicants to pay an additional fee to have their application “expedited” at Thursday’s work session. The proposal would allow the town to hire an outside consultant to do the bulk of the review, and then that consultants consultants’ work would be reviewed by the town planning staff to ensure that it complies with regulations.

The proposal comes in the wake of concerns that applications will be backed up in the planning process due to staffing cuts in that department this year. The town did not fill the planning director and environmental planner positions following retirements in both of that slots, and the planning department is left with one planner, a part-time environmental planner and planning and building administrator Jeff Murphree, who oversees two departments.

The expedited review proposal would need a public hearing first, and the town must issue a request for proposals for consulting firms interested in doing the work. It’s not certain if this would need approval from the Civil Service Employees Association, the union that represents town workers.

To read a recap of News-Review reporter Tim Gannon’s live blog of the work session, click below,  and scroll down for the full meeting agenda.

Live Blog Riverhead Town Board work session 01-22-2015

 

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01/21/15 7:00pm
01/21/2015 7:00 PM

The Riverhead Town Board debated the pros and cons of flyboarding with Flyboard LI owner Jim Bisset IV and Kevin McAllister of Defend H2O at its meeting Wednesday night, even though the public hearing on new proposed regulations on flyboarding isn’t scheduled until next month.

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01/16/15 4:48pm
01/16/2015 4:48 PM
Supervisor Sean Walter and councilman George Gabrielsen. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Supervisor Sean Walter and councilman George Gabrielsen. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

It’s early, but the three Riverhead Town Board members up for re-election this fall already say they are running together as a team.

Wooten

This is no small bit a news from a group of fellow GOP members often at odds with one another.

But Councilwoman Jodi Giglio says she hasn’t ruled out the possibility of challenging incumbent Supervisor Sean Walter for their party’s nod for that position.

“There’s a lot of supporters out there, both regular people and political people; that have urged me to run for supervisor,” Ms. Giglio said Friday. “I want to look to serve the taxpayers in the best position I possibly can. I haven’t definitively said yes or no to running. There’s a lot of time to decide… so we’ll see what turns out.”

Apparently, I’ve got the most popular job in town,” Mr. Walter said in response to Ms. Giglio’s comments.

“We are planning to present ourselves as a team to the Republican nominating committee,” he said of himself and council members Jim Wooten and George Gabrielsen, who will be seeking new terms in November.

Councilman Jodi Giglo

The current all-Republican Town Board has had the same five members since 2010.

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01/13/15 10:00am
01/13/2015 10:00 AM
The Summerwind Square affordable rental building in downtown Riverhead opened Nov. 1, 2013. Rental permits were first obtained last week. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Summerwind Square affordable rental building in downtown Riverhead opened Nov. 1, 2013. Rental permits were first obtained last week. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

A downtown apartment building co-owned by Riverhead Councilwoman Jodi Giglio operated for more than a year without town rental permits, the News-Review has learned.  (more…)

01/07/15 5:09pm
01/07/2015 5:09 PM
NEWS-REVIEW FILE PHOTO | Riverhead Town Board members in Town Hall.

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…)