The Riverhead Country Day School on Columbus Avenue, at Stotzky Park, closed in December 2016. File photo: Peter Blasl

A portion of the town-owned building on Columbus Avenue at Stotzky Park will again be occupied by a preschool.

The town board Tuesday night authorized a license agreement with Kiddie Fit Community Learning to use 1,258 square feet of the facility and the exterior grounds as a preschool or child day care program for children 18 months to 5 years age.

The company will pay the town an annual fee of $18,870 in monthly installments of $1,572.50, according to a license agreement authorized by the town board Tuesday night.

The town has already licensed a 1,699-square-foot portion of the building to adult day care provider Day Haven, .

The Columbus Avenue facility was built by the town as a child care facility in 1992. The entire building was occupied by Riverhead Country Day School for more than 23 years. The preschool operator vacated the building in December 2016.

The Riverhead Town Board at its meeting of June 18, 2019 Photo: Denise Civiletti

In other action Tuesday, the town board:

appointed John Dahlem to the position of electrical inspector effective June 27, at an annual salary of $60,967.08.

authorized the town’s assistant recreation superintendent Kelly Tocci to assume the duties of the former senior citizens program director, a position vacant due to the retirement of longtime director Judy Doll; Tocci will assume those duties until a a replacement is appointed; the town board approved a stipulation with the CSEA employee labor union authorizing the arrangement.

appointed Frank Petrignani of Aquebogue to the recreation advisory committee for a two-year term, through May 2021.

accepted the resignation of town board coordinator Karen Levasseur effective June 21; Levasseur was appointed to that post Oct. 26, 2017.

authorized the suspension without pay for up to 30 days of an employee served with disciplinary charges and appointed an independent hearing officer to rule on those charges; the vote was split 3-2, with members James Wooten and Jodi Gigio opposed.

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