Who’s responsibility should it be to declare a winter storm emergency?
Riverhead Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith and Councilwoman Jodi Giglio argued over that question during the March 20 Town Board meeting. The emergency designation allows roads to be closed and cars ordered off the streets to accommodate snowplows, among other things. READ
The Riverhead Town Board is considering increasing the penalty for those who fail to clear sidewalks of snow in front of their property, as required by town code. READ
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Highway superintendent Gio Woodson talks with worker Don Owen last Friday morning.
Though the snow keeps on coming this winter, Riverhead’s snow removal budget seems to be weathering the storms so far.
Update, 1:15 p.m.: East Main Street and Pulaski Street are both re-opened.
Original story: Parts of downtown will be closed this morning as highway department crews clear excess snow on the roads in preparation for further snowfall tomorrow.
Highway Superintendent Gio Woodson said East Main Street will be closed from Roanoke Avenue to McDermott Avenue, and Pulaski Street will be closed from Osborn Avenue to Marcy Avenue.
Mr. Woodson said the closures will start about 7:30 a.m. and last until about noon.
The National Weather Service is predicting that anywhere from four to eight inches of snow will hit early Thursday morning, affecting tomorrow morning’s commute. A winter storm watch is in effect starting at midnight Wednesday through 6 a.m. Friday.