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In the first meeting of the new year Thursday afternoon, the Riverhead Town Board took care of its annual organizational tasks, setting salaries and fees, making appointments, designating banks as depositories and other housekeeping chores.

The board also held a hearing on a local law increasing the highway superintendent’s salary by $20,000 to compensate him for overseeing the operation of the municipal garage. The board adopted the law Thursday following the hearing. (See separate story.)

The board on Thursday:

•  Set annual salaries of elected officials as follows:

  • Town Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith, $ 115,148
  • Town Clerk Diane Wilhelm, $ 83,846
  • Superintendent of Highways George Woodson, $ 94,803
  • Town Justice Lori Hulse, $ 84,571
  • Town Justice Allen Smith, $ 84,571
  • Chairperson of board of assessors Laverne Tennenberg, $94,656
  • Assessor Mason Haas, $83,846
  • Assessor Paul Leszczynski, $83,846
  • Receiver of Taxes Laurie Zaneski, $80,616
  • Councilwoman James Wooten, $48,955
  • Councilwoman Jodi Giglio, $48,955
  • Councilman Timothy Hubbard, $48,955
  • Councilwoman Catherine Kent $48,955

•  Set annual salaries for appointed officials as follows:

  • planning board members, $9,000
  • planning board chairperson, $12,000
  • planning board vice-chairperson, $9,750
  • zoning board members, $6,000
  • zoning board chairperson, $8,000
  • architectural review board members, $2,500
  • board of assessment review members, $1,000
  • board of assessment review chairperson, $1,100
  • conservation advisory council members, $770
  • conservation advisory council chairperson, $970

•  Reappointed Stanley Carey to the planning board for a five-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2023;

•  Reappointed Fred McLaughlin as chairman and Otto Wittmeier as vice chairman of of the zoning board of appeals;

•  Reappointed Stanley Carey as chairman and Edward Densieski as vice chairman of the planning board;

•  Reappointed Georgette Case as town historian at an annual salary of $7,000;

•  Appointed the Riverhead News-Review as official newspaper;

•  Appointed official online publication.

In other action Thursday, the board:

•  Extended a professional services agreement with environmental consultant Jeffrey Seeman for 90 days beginning Jan. 7 for services in connection with the town’s review under the State Environmental Quality Review Act for certain projects;

•  Accepted a recreation fee of $81,000 from the developer of the Vistas at Baiting Hollow condominiums ($3,000 per unit for 27 units as per town code);

•  Adopted a local law requiring the erection of stop signs at the intersection of Forge Road and Dam Road.

The full packet of resolutions, with recorded votes can be viewed online here.

Town board meetings are generally held twice each month, on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, with the first meeting of the month starting at 2 p.m. and the second meeting starting at 6 p.m. The board also meets for a weekly work session, usually on Thursdays at 10 a.m. All meetings are held at Riverhead Town Hall, 200 Howell Avenue, Riverhead.

RiverheadLOCAL publishes scheduled meetings on the RiverheadLOCAL public meetings calendar.  RiverheadLOCAL also publishes the town’s legal notices (notices of public hearings, bids, adoption of laws, rules and policies) in its public notices section

Meetings are streamed live on the town’s website and, for Optimum subscribers, on Channel 22.

Video recordings of all town board, planning board, zoning board and Riverhead IDA meetings can be accessed on the town’s website.

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Denise Civiletti
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