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Town Board wrap: Parking violation fines going up, LED lights coming to Jamesport

Girl Scouts from troops 220 and 1941 visited town hall Tuesday. Photo: Denise Civiletti

Fines for most parking code violations in Riverhead are going up from $35 to $50 and penalties for failure to respond to parking tickets are also being hiked.

The fine for parking in a marked handicapped space without a permit remains at $250.

The town board on Tuesday adopted a local law setting the new fines and penalties.

Downtown Jamesport to get new LED lights

New LED lights will be installed on Main Road in Jamesport thanks to $27,416 in funding from the Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization Program and the efforts of the Greater Jamesport Civic Association, which pursued the grant opportunity.

The town board on Tuesday authorized the acceptance of the funding from the county.

Downtown parking implementation plan coming

A Chicago transportation consulting firm will be developing a parking plan for downtown Riverhead over the next few months.

The town board authorized the supervisor to sign a $23,000 contract with Sam Schwartz Consulting to develop a parking plan for the downtown district.

The consultant’s work will include: reviewing and mapping existing inventory; identifying potential sites for additional surface or structured parking; developing either a signage/”way-finding” plan or guidelines for a beautification program to link parking areas to downtown destinations; developing parking management strategies such as a re-striping plan or guidelines for angled street parking, if deemed appropriate.

The cost of the contract will be funded by a New York State economic development grant awarded to the town in December.

Town historian Georgette Case, dressed in period costume, announces the establishment of the Town of Riverhead by an act of the state legislature on March 13, 1792. Photo: Denise Civiletti

Officials mark Riverhead’s 226th anniversary

Town Historian Georgette Case, dressed in 18th century garb, entered the town hall meeting room Tuesday ringing a hand-held school bell, to announce the big news: The state legislature on March 18, 1792 had created the Town of River Head, splitting it from the Town of Southold because the town meetings were held too far away for the people in the western region of Southold (what is now Riverhead) to feasibly attend.

Supervisor Laura Jens Smith read aloud the statute creating the Town of River Head, which would later be named the county seat of Suffolk.

Girl Scouts get close-up view of town government

Two Girl Scout troops got a tour of town offices last week by the town supervisor. Scouts from troops 220 and 1941 attended the town board meeting and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Denise Civiletti
Denise is a veteran local reporter and editor, an attorney and former Riverhead Town councilwoman. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards, including a “writer of the year” award from the N.Y. Press Association in 2015. She is a founder, owner and co-publisher of this website. Email Denise.