City Council Envelope: New Police Officers Sworn in, Railroad Avenue Restaurant Gets Final Approval, Grant Applications for Town Square Projects Accepted
Three new full-time police officers were hired and sworn in at the Riverhead Town Council meeting on Tuesday.
The board named Sabina Costantini and James Mettrock, two part-time department officers, and John Dahlem Jr., a Riverhead fire marshal, to the position of probationer police officer.
“We have three great candidates and we couldn’t be prouder as a city council to have you on board,” said Councilman Tim Hubbard, a retired police detective from Riverhead.
“Congratulations again, be safe, know that you have our support. As a former law enforcement officer, I know today is a very special day in your life forever,” said the supervisor Yvette Aguiar, a retired New York Police Department sergeant.
Aguiar said the hiring of the three new officers brings the number of full-time officers to 88, which the city budgeted. “We will work to improve your department,” she said.
In another action at Tuesday’s meeting, the board:
- Hiring of a new personnel officer, Ashley Striplin-Tio, to replace longtime personnel officer Margaret Ferris, who resigned at the end of May. Striplin-Tio will receive a salary of $75,000 plus benefits and start August 1.
- Authorized applications to New York State for the Empire State Development Corporation Consolidated Funding Application Grant for two city-sponsored plaza projects: $1.5 million for the Riverside Amphitheater and $1.1 million for the riverside park and playground. These two projects are recommended by the local planning committee of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative for a share of the city’s $10 million grant. The request promises $275,000 from the city for each project, $150,000 of which will come from master developer J. Petrocelli Development Associates, according to the resolution.
- Authorized applications to the State of New York for the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Consolidated Funding Application Grant for funding the construction of sludge/biosolids volume reduction process control improvements for the Riverhead Wastewater Treatment Facility. City Council authorized the issuance of $10.5 million in 40-year bonds in May for the project, which will significantly reduce the amount of sludge that will need to be shipped offsite for disposal and allow the city to save money in the long run.
- Special Event Permit applications approved for the 27th Annual East End Art Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival (May 29, 2023) and Bob Feller Act of Valor Foundation Run 4 Life (September 18, 2022).
- Passed an amendment to the alcohol policy for special events on city-owned land, including to allow sampling of spirits at events.
- Hold a public hearing for its August 16 meeting to consider a city code amendment increasing fines for litter violations. [See prior coverage: Riverhead considers litter fine bump to crack down on commercial property owners]
- Authorization of an agreement with M&R Wholesale, Inc. of Southampton for the installation of vending machines in various facilities in the city. The agreement stipulates that the city will receive 30% of the profits from the company’s machines each month.
- Obtained final site plan approval for the site plan application for a 36-seat restaurant at 133-139 Railroad Avenue, the former location of the Loose Caboose bar.
- Passed a resolution that “endorses and supports” Peconic Hockey’s New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation grant application for an ice hockey rink project currently under negotiation with the city to be built in Stotzky Park.
Agricultural worker housing permit approved in Harbes
Council has approved a Farmworker Housing Permit for Harbes Old Fox Farm on Sound Avenue.
The proposal includes the construction of two 14’x70′ one-story mobile homes each containing two bedrooms and the relocation of a two-story, four-bedroom single-family residence located on an adjoining property in Southold on farmland. Moving the house to Sound Avenue will allow the property to be used for more parking for the farm stand, Ed Harbes Sr. told city council during its business session last week.
Public Hearings: New Mall and Residential Uses in the Roanoke Avenue Business District
Council held a hearing on Dries-Specchio’s special permit application for a manufacturer’s store center, located between two existing Tangier properties off Route 58.
Council heard a comment from project architect Martin Sendlewski, who asked council that the special permit include the two specially permitted uses set out in city code: the manufacturer’s outlet center and establishments. engaged in the sale of goods or merchandise to the general public for personal or household use. consumption.
The city council granted a special permit to the owners in 2004, but nothing was ever built and the permit expired.
Council also held a public hearing on a proposed zoning code change to permit single-family dwellings in the Business PB zoning use neighborhood on Roanoke Avenue. New residential uses were eliminated as permitted uses within the Business PB zoning use district in a code amendment that implemented the recommendations of the 2003 Comprehensive Plan. The hearing elicited no comment audience.
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