A majority of the town board today agreed to plans put forward by the heads of the newly merged recreation and senior services departments, while Councilwoman Jodi Giglio advocated finding a new tenant to realize revenues.
With Luminati Aerospace getting its work underway at EPCAL and two potential purchasers for the balance of the town-owned acreage there, some board members are wary of green-lighting an addiction research and rehab facility adjacent to the active runway.
Riverhead Town has settled its labor contract with its largest employee union, with a contract that provides a cumulative 1.875-percent wage increase over a four-year contract period, from Jan. 1, 2015 through Dec. 31, 2018.
The proposed budget includes double-digit salary increases for "non-policymaking" elected officials — justices, assessors, tax receiver, town clerk and highway superintendent— who would each get paid 'roughly $10,000 more' next year.
The Riverhead Building Department has made "dramatic improvement" in procedures and record-keeping under the management of department head Jeff Murphree, the town's independent audit committee told town board members Thursday.