08/30/14 11:00am
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The Riverhead Business Improvement District Management Association is recommending the town rezone property around Second Street for more commercial uses. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

The Riverhead Business Improvement District Management Association is recommending the town rezone property around Second Street for more commercial uses. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

The Riverhead Business Improvement District Management Association is recommending that the Town Board extend a downtown commercial zoning district beyond just the Second Street firehouse, as is currently proposed, to include other areas between Second Street and the Long Island Rail Road tracks.  (more…)

08/29/13 9:45am
08/29/2013 9:45 AM

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The Riverhead Town Board is expected to vote on a resolution to deny a controversial excavating permit application for Driftwood Family Farms,  whose owners have been seeking permission to excavate 415,160 cubic yards of material from a 41-acre Route 25 farm in Calverton.

The board discussed the resolution briefly at its work session Thursday and is expected to vote on the issue at Wednesday’s regular meeting scheduled for 2 p.m.

Property owner Steve Mezynieski argued before the Town Board earlier this year that he was excavating the land to eliminate hills and slopes on the property, which is just west of the FedEx building, to make it better for farming.

Town officials, meanwhile, expressed concern that the proposed excavation was a sand mine in disguise.

Then on Aug. 19, Robert Somers of the state Department of Agriculture and Markets wrote in a letter to Mr. Mezynieski — and copied to Riverhead Town and the town attorney’s office — that the state only allows farms to excavate when it is in aid of agricultural activities, and that this case doesn’t meet that criteria because only a portion of the property appears to be in agricultural production, based on aerial photos.

Mr. Mezynieski is the manager of the department’s Agricultural Protection Unit.

Also at Thursday’s work session, the board discussed hiring EGA Architects and Cashing Associates Engineering for $87,500 to come up with a plan to turn the Route 58 armory into a town police and court headquarters.

In addition, the board discussed new regulations regarding clearing for commercial projects near residences.

News-Review reporter Tim Gannon reported live from Thursday’s work session.

To find out what else happened, click below.

 

August 29, 2013 – Agenda by Riverhead News-Review

08/15/13 9:50am
08/15/2013 9:50 AM

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Click on the blog box below for a recap.

The Riverhead Town Board will discuss what to do with the Second Street Firehouse, which it now owns, at its work session Thursday morning.

The board will also discuss its taxi cab ordinance and the issuance of a request for proposals to use both the Second Street Firehouse and the East Lawn Building on East Main Street.

The meeting starts at 10 a.m., following a 9:30 a.m. executive session regarding litigation over the highway department’s new salt barn.

News-Review reporter Tim Gannon will be live blogging from the meeting.

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August 15, 2013 – Agenda by Riverhead News-Review