File photo: Denise Civiletti

A public hearing on the outlay of Riverhead Town’s 2023 Community Development Block Grant funds will take place at Town Hall on Oct. 4 at 2:30 p.m.

Riverhead Town expects an estimated allocation of up to $200,000 and the Town Board is seeking public input on the development of the town’s application for the funding.

The funds are to be expended for the benefit of low and moderate income persons and for the prevention of slum and blight, according to requirements of the Community Development Block Grant program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Examples of eligible activities include:

  • housing rehabilitation
  • elimination of physical barriers to the handicapped
  • public facilities and improvements
  • street improvements
  • public service activities
  • neighborhood improvement programs

Written comments for the record will be accepted until Nov. 7 and should be addressed to the Riverhead Community Development Department, Riverhead Town Hall, 200 Howell Avenue, Riverhead NY 11901.

The Town Board scheduled the public hearing during its Sept. 20 meeting.

Also during last week’s meeting, the board scheduled a public hearing on the alleged unsafe structure at 46 E. Second Street, where a Nov. 16 blaze killed five members of a family who lived on the third floor of the 117-year-old home. The town’s senior building inspector inspected the home on Sept. 13 and determined it remains unsafe following the blaze that destroyed the structure more than 10 months ago.

The cupola atop the George C. Young Community Center in Jamesport. File photo: Denise Civiletti

In other action at the Sept. 20 meeting, the town board:

  • Awarded a bid for restoration of the cupola at the George C. Young Community Center in Jamesport to J. Petrocelli Contracting of Ronkonkoma, which bid $144,000 on the job. The company was the lower of two bidders. LoDuca Associates of Blue Point bid $244,000. A third bidder was disqualified for submitting an incomplete bid, according to the bid report to the Town Board from the town’s purchasing agent.
  • Authorized a request to the County of Suffolk for transfer of real property on Griffing Avenue to the Town of Riverhead for the purpose of constructing a public parking garage, workforce housing apartments, retail shops and offices. The town intends for the property, currently a surface parking lot, to be developed by transit-oriented development project master developer RXR/Georgica Green Ventures.
  • Approved a special event permit for the annual snowflake regatta sponsored by East End Rowing, to be held on the Peconic Riverfront on Nov. 6.
  • Awarded bids for the purchase of a new dump truck ($266,700) and a new chipper box truck ($138,699) from L.I. True and Gabrielli Truck Sales, respectively.
  • Approved a bid notice for landfill monitoring and extended an existing agreement with P.W. Grosser Consulting for landfill monitoring until Dec 31. The bid will remain open until Nov. 10 at 11 a.m.
  • Approved a bid notice for removal of household hazardous waste. The bid will remain open until Oct. 10 at 11 a.m.

The board last week also held a public hearing on the extension of the commercial solar energy moratorium.

Correction 9/27/22 10:52 p.m.: This article has been amended to correct an originally misreported date of the public hearing for Riverhead Town’s 2023 Community Development Block Grant. The public hearing is scheduled to be held on Oct. 4, not Oct. 6.

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