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Riverhead appeals court ruling that Oak Hills roads were made ‘public highways’ by 2015 Town Board resolutions

by Aug 10, 2023
Prior to the appeal, authorized by the Town Board last month, Riverhead Town spent more than half a million dollars in legal fees on the Oak Hills litigation over 6 years. Officials say the cost of complying with the trial court’s ruling would far exceed the legal costs of the appeal.

Suffolk judge rules in favor of Oak Hills community in ‘private roads’ dispute with Riverhead Town

by Jan 10, 2023
In a decision filed yesterday, a State Supreme Court judge for Suffolk County ruled that roads in the Oak Hills community were made public highways by Town Board resolution in 2015, and that obligates the town highway superintendent to provide services due all public highways as required by State Highway Law.

Court orders Riverhead highway superintendent to plow Oak Hills roadways

by Jan 11, 2019
A State Supreme Court judge this week ordered the Riverhead Town highway superintendent to plow the "roadways" in the Oak Hills community in Baiting Hollow, the subject of ongoing litigation between the homeowners association, the highway superintendent and the town board.

Dispute over taking on private roads as public highways gets personal

by Oct 31, 2017
There's no love lost between Town Supervisor Sean Walter and Highway Superintendent George Woodson, but their dispute over the town's responsibility for private roads continues to escalate.

‘Private roads’ dispute between highway supe and town board mushrooms

by Oct 5, 2017
Highway Superintendent George Woodson’s dispute with the town board over taking over as “highways by use” private roads in Baiting Hollow has expanded into a dispute over responsibility for the highway chief’s legal fees.

Baiting Hollow community sues to require town to maintain and repair its roads

by Sep 21, 2016
An ongoing dispute between a Baiting Hollow community and the Riverhead highway superintendent over responsibility for maintaining roads in the community has made its way to court.
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Town board approves expanded list of ‘section 189’ roads for snow-clearing

by Aug 7, 2015
But the town's attempt to limit responsibility to snow-clearing violates state law, which requires the town to make the roads 'public highways', according to the Oak Hills Association, which says it has consulted legal counsel and is contemplating going to court.
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Riverhead’s private roads: town makes its list of roads to plow, but controversy over responsibility continues

by Jul 10, 2015
Which “private” roads in the Town of Riverhead will be plowed and maintained by the highway department was again the topic of discussion at...

Hearing on status of Riverhead’s private roads packs town hall meeting room; residents question need for changes

by Dec 3, 2014
Dozens of residents who want the town to continue plowing the private roads they live on gave the town board an earful during a...

Riverhead Town Board wrap: Nov. 5

by Nov 7, 2014
Riverhead's 'Supervisor for a Day" presided over Wednesday's town board meeting, where the board: held a hearing on the 2015 budget, set a Dec. 2 hearing on the issue of private roads maintenance by the highway department, authorized a $350,000 grant application for WaterFire Riverhead and more.