A code amendment to eliminate seasonal non-resident parking permits for use at beaches, parks and playgrounds in Riverhead Town was the subject of a public hearing before Riverhead Town Council on Wednesday after -midday.
The proposal drew public comment, from Jamesport resident Robert Skinner, a member of the city’s beach committee, who spoke in favor of the amendment.
“We don’t do beaches anymore. There are no more parking spaces on the beaches. But there are definitely a lot of homes on the registry right now. Skinner said. “Anyone see what Iron Pier looked like on Sunday afternoon?” he asked, referring to the beach town of Iron Pier. “In a short time it will be to the point where there will be no more room to park.”
Council members then engaged in an in-depth discussion about how to resolve an issue already addressed in city code: permits for senior citizens and residents with disabilities who do not have their own vehicle and want someone take them to a beach or a city park. .
Councilman Ken Rothwell raised the issue when Supervisor Yvette Aguiar asked, following Skinner’s comments, if any council members had any comments. He said the daughter of a senior resident contacted him about it.
“She likes to go to her mom’s house and bring lunch, pick her up, and they drive to the beach, and sit at the beach. How does this affect someone of that nature where she would no longer be able to purchase a beach pass? And his mother, who is actually a resident of Riverhead Town, would no longer be able to go to the beach,” he said.
After some discussion among council members, Assistant City Attorney Annemarie Prudenti pointed out that the revision of the code before council only dealt with seasonal permits for non-residents and that the issue of licensing resident parking to people without their own vehicle should be treated separately. in the city code.
The city code already regulates the issue. It provides for the issuance of a “Senior/Disabled Seasonal Resident Identification Permit” by the City’s recreation department to senior or disabled residents who do not drive and who need a third person to drive them to the beach. . The ID cards “will grant access to any vehicle so long as the person (to whom it is issued) is a passenger in the car,” according to §211-14(B)(2) of the city code. The elderly person or resident with a disability must present a photo ID to the beach attendant to access the car park. Fees for the identification permit are set by resolution of the city council, the code says.
Earlier this year, the city council suspended the issuance of daily non-resident parking permits for 2022, a policy adopted for the past two years due to the COVID pandemic.
In another action at its Wednesday meeting, the board:
Granted final site plan approval for 205 Osborn’s application to construct a five-story mixed-use building at the corner of Osborn Avenue and Court Street, the first development project to move from forward in the Railroad Avenue overlay district passed last year. The council also extended the boundaries of the Riverhead Parking District to include the site of the new development.
Assumed lead agency and issued a negative statement for the Dries-Specchio factory outlet special permit and site plan applications, proposed for an undeveloped four-acre property between Tangier I and outlet centers Existing Tangier II. The negative statement represents the board’s decision that the project is not expected to have significant adverse environmental impacts and does not require the preparation of an environmental impact statement. Council has also scheduled a public hearing on the special permit application for July 19 at 2:05 p.m.
[See prior coverage: Plans for independent outlet between Tanger properties return to Town Board]
Amended the city’s outdoor dining code to extend the term of revocable outdoor dining permits from one year to four years.
Terminated the city’s agreement with AKRF, planning consultants hired in 2019 to manage the full city plan update.
Approval of several special event requests, including Long Ireland Beer Company’s “HalfWay to St. Patrick’s Day” (September 17); Garden of Eve’s Garlic Festival (September 10-11 and 17-18); Chicken Kidz consignment sale at Polish Hall (October 11-16); and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Cycle for Life (August 20).
The council also ratified the appointment of a new budget director/chief of staff to the office of City Supervisor Debi Burkowsky, effective July 5. Burkowsky will receive an annual salary of $64,000 plus benefits under an employment contract approved by the board on Wednesday.
Burkowsky is the fourth person to serve as chief of staff in Aguiar’s office, succeeding Dawn Brie, who was hired on March 16. Assistant Tax Collector Lisa Richards held the position from February 2020 until last November, when she assumed her current position in the Office of the Tax Collector. Assistant supervisor Devon Higgins was initially named chief of staff and was named Aguiar’s deputy after the original supervisor choice for deputy, Denise Merrified, resigned after a few weeks on the job.
Alek Lewis contributed reporting.
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