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Riverhead roundup: CSEA pact approved

Even though the curtains closed on the Suffolk

Even though the curtains closed on the Suffolk Theatre in 1987, it's not hard to picture it in its glitzy heyday with bright lights beaming down on crowds of locals. Opened in 1930, the 800-seat movie house now sits silently on Main Street in Riverhead. The theater's front facade and marquee were restored in 2001. (August 5, 2010) Credit: Colleen Harrington

At Tuesday’s Riverhead Town board meeting, the trustees approved:

-- A CSEA union contract that freezes wages for two years and gives a 1 percent and a 1.5 percent raise in the following two years.

-- An agreement with the police department for a one-week payroll lag within the department.

-- Approved a $250,000 downtown revitalization improvement project for a new marquee and renovated office space at the Anchor-Suffolk Theatre. The project will be funded by the New York State Local Housing Trust Fund Corp.’s Main Street Program.

-- The posting of a public notice to amend town code on accessory apartments, and an addition to the code titled “Taxicabs and Vehicles for Hire,” which would regulate passenger-based car services.

-- The reappointment of five members to the Architectural Review Board.

-- Lowering builders’ payments into the park and playground fund from $5,000 to $3,000 per subdivision per lot.

-- Retirement incentives for full-time, non-union employees, as well as CSEA and PBA members, who are at least 55 years old and have 20 years of credited service. The incentives include health benefits for 48 months or a lump payment of $400 per month for 48 months.

-- Auctioning unneeded town equipment to the public.

The board also:

-- Authorized a change order to the construction contract of the Calverton Rail Spur program to include an 1,800-foot-long runaround track and the elimination of an obsolete runaround track to the north of the Calverton Recreation Center. The projects will be financed using leftover funds from the state Department of Transportation for the spur project.

-- Set the date of June 26 for the Second Annual Great Riverhead Cardboard Boat Race.

The board recognized a petition in opposition from the Riverside Drive Association to a wind turbine at the town’s sewer district property.

A public hearing was held on construction of a new water well at the Riverhead water district’s Edward Avenue property at a cost of more than $2 million.

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