The Riverhead Town Board will hold earlier meetings in 2019.
The first of the bimonthly meetings will still commence at 2 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. Instead of the usual 7 p.m. meeting, a 6 p.m. meeting will be held on the third Tuesday of the month. READ
Riverhead Highway Superintendent George Woodson voiced his opposition last Thursday to a proposal to take oversight of the town’s municipal garage away from him and give it to the police department.
Mr. Woodson took over that position last year and received a $20,000 stipend on top of his highway superintendent salary of $94,803. READ
The Riverhead Town Board voted unanimously Tuesday to renew its contract with the North Fork Animal Welfare League to manage the town’s animal shelter for three more years. READ
No criminal charges will be filed against a town municipal garage employee who took advantage of the town’s state contracts to buy parts at a discounted rate for personal use, while also avoiding sales tax in the process. READ
Following last year’s contentious election for supervisor, incumbent Sean Walter — after eking out a victory over Councilwoman Jodi Giglio — extended what seemed at the time was an olive branch by including $80,000 Ms. Giglio had requested for a new computer system and increased code enforcement.
Now, whether or not the town will get that computer system, which was meant to streamline the code enforcement and building departments to clamp down on enforcing the town code, remains in question. READ
Riverhead Town Board members are considering maxing out term limits for the supervisor and members of the Town Board while also extending the term for town supervisor from two to four years. READ
Follow this with us: an elected leader presents a plan to give himself and his fellow town officials a raise. Meanwhile, that town is weeks away from pulling from its own dwindling reserves to ensure the bills can be paid. READ
Fresh on the heels of an Empire Center report that said that Riverhead Police salaries are 30 percent higher than the state average, and a Newsday report that ranked Riverhead’s police chief as the highest paid employee in Suffolk County in 2014, Riverhead Councilman John Dunleavy is calling for a salary increase for some employees on Howell Avenue: himself and the rest of the Town Board.