The Riverhead Town Board okayed applications for a pair of grants to help fund a proposed “Suffolk County Regional Agritourism Visitors Center” that could include an indoor farmers market and offices for agriculture and tourism-related businesses and organizations.
The resolutions, one seeking state funding and the other seeking federal funding, don’t mention a specific location for the proposed center. Councilwoman Jodi Giglio abstained from both votes.
Town Board members had previously discussed the Second Street firehouse as a possible destination for the visitors center.
The board also heard from dissatisfied Hubbard Avenue residents, who complained that the Gershow Recycling facility is continuing to cause noise problems and is now spreading “contaminants” into the air. One resident, Virginia Lang, vowed to keep fighting the facility.
“It’s never going to be over until someone loses here,” she said. “I gave up cigarettes two years ago and now I have to smell this smell? No way, no how.”
Supervisor Sean Walter said the town will see Gershow in court on Friday, having authorized legal action against the company last month.
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