10/24/14 10:30am
10/24/2014 10:30 AM
East Street in Jamesport, a private road. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

East Street in Jamesport, a private road. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

The discussion over whether the Riverhead Town highway department should continue to plow private roads will open up beyond the Highway Superintendent and Town Board, heading to a public hearing in the near future.

The Town Board and Highway Superintendent George Woodson agreed at Thursday’s board work session to hold a public hearing on a plan that would allow the highway department to continue snow plowing and cold patching private roads on which the highway department has plowed and patched for at least the past 10 years. (more…)

09/25/14 4:50pm
09/25/2014 4:50 PM

R052611_RHTown_BE_R.jpgTown officials are saying that over the past week, they’ve filled a $1.6 million budget hole and solved the budget crisis, though filling that gap will rely heavily on one-time revenue sources that may or may not materialize.

The potential additional revenue means the budget Supervisor Sean Walter will release Tuesday is likely to include a 1.39 percent decrease in spending; along with a 2.08 percent increase in the tax levy and a 2.09 percent increase in the tax rate.  (more…)

09/23/14 12:00pm
09/23/2014 12:00 PM
A man was found dead in his home on Roanoke Avenue last week. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A man was found dead in his Roanoke Avenue home last week. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Riverhead Town employees who had arrived at a Roanoke Avenue home last Thursday morning to demand its 72-year-old owner clean up his yard got a shock when they discovered the man had died.

Last Tuesday, the Riverhead Town Board passed a resolution authorizing the town engineering department to clean up property owned by George Atkinson under a provision of the Town Board that allows such cleanups in the event of properties that contain weeds, grass or vegetation in excess of 10 inches, as well as yard waste, rubbish, litter and garbage.

The resolution stated that Mr. Atkinson was directed “to abate the aforementioned conditions on or before Sept. 4″ but had failed to do so.

The cost of the cleanup, which the resolution estimated at $1,500, would then be added to Mr. Atkinson’s tax bill.

Police Chief David Hegermiller said workers who arrived around 10 a.m. last week to clean up the property found Mr. Atkinson dead in his house.

The chief said neighbors told police they hadn’t seen him around lately.

“There was no sign of foul play,” Mr. Hegermiller said. He added that it was unknown how long Mr. Atkinson, who lived alone, had been dead.

Mr. Atkinson, 72, was a retired Riverhead Fire Department dispatcher and a volunteer with the fire department’s Eagle Hose Company. He also served in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1964, according to his family.

He was buried today, Sept. 23, in St. John’s Cemetery.

09/04/14 1:31pm
09/04/2014 1:31 PM
Ray Maynard of Skydive Long Island at last night's Town Board meeting. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Ray Maynard of Skydive Long Island at last night’s Town Board meeting. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The thought of placing housing and retail uses at the Enterprise Park at Calverton weren’t very popular at a public hearing Wednesday night on Riverhead Town’s reuse plan for the former Grumman site. (more…)

09/03/14 7:21pm
09/03/2014 7:21 PM
Town Board members Jim Wooten and John Dunleavy, left, and Supervisor Sean Walter at Wednesday night's Town Board meeting. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Town Board members Jim Wooten and John Dunleavy, left, and Supervisor Sean Walter at Wednesday night’s Town Board meeting. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The town won’t be taking out a $6 million line of credit to cover a $4 million structural hole in its general fund budget next year, nor will it be piercing a state-mandated tax cap to help plug the hole — meaning, cuts are on the way.

After a split Town Board tabled a measure in mid-August which would have permitted the town to borrow against future land sales at Enterprise Park at Calverton, Councilman Jim Wooten — the deciding vote on the bridge loan — said on Wednesday that the move doesn’t have his support, and voted against the measure at tonight’s meeting. (more…)

08/20/14 4:09pm
08/20/2014 4:09 PM
Supervisor Sean Walter and Councilwoman Jodi Giglio at Tuesday night's Town Board meeting. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Supervisor Sean Walter and Councilwoman Jodi Giglio at Tuesday night’s Town Board meeting. (Credit: Paul Squire)

The Riverhead Town Board’s anticipated vote on authorizing a $6 million, two-year bridge loan to stave off a double-digit tax increase next year was put on hold Tuesday, because four board members are split on the issue and the fifth was absent from the meeting.

Supervisor Sean Walter said that without the loan, the town will face a 12.5 percent tax increase next year and that cutting $4 million — the amount of the town’s general fund deficit — would involve eliminating about 60 town positions. (more…)