Town Hall Notebook
- Stan Carey, who is the superintendent of the Massapequa Water District and has worked in municipal water distribution systems for more than 30 years, was elected chairman of the L.I. Water Conference.
Town to turn former day care center at Stotzky Park into intergenerational recreation and community centerA 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.
Addiction research and rehabilitation facility proposed at EPCAL stalled over doubts it’s compatible with aerospaceWith 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.
- In the first meeting of the new year, the Riverhead Town Board took care of its annual organizational tasks yesterday, setting salaries and fees, making appointments, designating banks as depositories and other housekeeping tasks. The board also held a public hearing on the consolidation of the functions of planning and building department officials into one post, ...
- Contracts approved by the town board last night, over Councilwoman Jodi Giglio’s objection, give management employees roughly 2-percent wage increases for 2016, ’17 and ’18.
- 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.
Board adopts $55.45 million budget for 2017, including $10,000 raises for elected officials other than town board membersThe Riverhead Town Board last night adopted a $55.45 million operating budget for 2017 in a 4-1 vote, with Councilwoman Jodi Giglio dissenting.
Public hearing on proposed town budget, including hefty raises for most elected officials, slated for 2 p.m. todayThe 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.
In unusual move, councilwoman takes a seat at the table with planning board and is asked to return to seat in the audienceCouncilwoman Jodi Giglio took an active role in planning board discussions Thursday, even seating herself at the table during the planning board meeting.
- No one turned out for a public hearing on a local authorizing the Riverhead Town Board to pierce the property tax levy cap in 2017.
Audit committee: Building department showed ‘dramatic’ progress in oversight, management and proceduresThe 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.
Walter delivers 2017 budget calling for 4.19-percent tax rate hike — $96 per year on the ‘average’ $350,000 homeRiverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter delivered his 2017 town budget to the clerk and council members this morning and, as he told the board two weeks ago, it requires the town to pierce the tax levy cap in order to make ends meet. The supervisor’s tentative budget calls for $55.45 million in total spending in the ...
- Three upcoming special events at the Long Island Sports Park on Edwards Avenue in Calverton, including one scheduled for this Saturday, were denied permits last night by the Riverhead Town Board.
- Riverhead Town will soon join the world of social media, though officials are worried about vulgar language, nasty comments and the possibility of elected officials using the town’s social media for political purposes.
- The town will no longer accept applications with less than two weeks’ lead time before an event and applications filed with less than 30 days notice will require payment of a $1,000 expedited fee.