File photo: Katie Morosky

A July 1 fireworks show in downtown Riverhead got a green light from the Riverhead Town Board Tuesday night.

The pyrotechnic display, to be put on by Fireworks by Santore’s World Famous Fireworks and sponsored by the Riverhead BID Management Association, will cap off the BIDMA’s 2022 debut of the “Alive on 25” street festival. The popular summer festival moves to Friday evenings this year, with dates on July 1, July 15, July 29 and August 12 (with one rain date on August 19.) All events run from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

The board also granted approval to Digger’s and LuchaCubano for outdoor dining and alcohol service during the Alive on 25 events.

In other action at Tuesday night’s meeting — a marathon that lasted nearly four hours due to three public hearings that drew an unusual amount of public comment (stories to follow)— the town board:

  • Approved a new $15,000 contract with Sam Schwartz Consulting for an addendum and update to the 2020 Strategic Parking Plan the consultant completed for the town.
  • Approved a two-year consulting contract with geologist Steven Colabufo for services to the Riverhead Water District including site development, well construction, test borings and DEC permitting, at a fee not to exceed $15,000 per year.
  • Appointed Jeanette DiPaola to the position of principal accountant at an annual salary of $102,000. She will fill a vacancy created by the recent resignation of Caitlin Buthmann. DiPaola will serve as deputy financial administrator.
  • Approved a special event permit for the Hallockville Country Fair, to be held at the Hallockville Museum Farm on Sept. 17 and 18.
  • Granted an extension of the special permit granted to the developer of a proposed car wash at the corner of Route 58 and Pulaski Street Extension on June 2, 2020. The special permit was extended to June 21, 2024, with no further extensions to be granted, according to the resolution approved by the board.
  • Ratified stipulations with the three employee unions concerning the addition of the Juneteenth holiday to their collective bargaining agreements.
  • Scheduled a July 6 public hearing on a code amendment to eliminate nonresident seasonal parking permits for town beach facilities.

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