Town Hall Notebook
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.
- The Riverhead Ambulance District will be upgrading its ambulances through a new refurbishment program that will cut to cost of deploying a new ambulance almost in half.
Town Board Wrap-up
More drive-in movie nights at Riverhead Raceway, helicopter noise task force formed and yes, Riverhead’s got talentTown board highlights: Riverhead Raceway won approval to show drive-in movies on four more Friday nights, the Salvation Army on Osborn Avenue will build a new recreation area, and the town formally established a helicopter noise task force.
New plan for skate park: reduced size will make way for pickleball courts and free up funds for other needed projectsThe money saved by consolidating the skate park into about half its current space will be spread around to different projects, including resurfacing the Horton Avenue basketball court.
Riverhead Town Board wrap: Riverhead (finally) finishes environmental review on EPCAL plan, OKs more $ for skate parkRiverhead Town has completed a five-and-a-half-year environmental review process on a new development plan for its remaining property at the former Grumman facility in Calverton. The town board yesterday adopted a “findings statement” — the last step in the process under the State Environmental Quality Review Act. The next step is the adoption of an updated use plan and ...
- The next drive in movie will be the NASCAR-themed “Talladega Nights” on Friday, July 8.
- The group has been using a storefront on Railroad Avenue for prayers for the past six years, said the men, a Riverhead physician, an auto repair shop owner and a Queens dentist.