May 17, 2006
Yard Sale Or Side Business
When does cleaning out the attic and selling old stuff on the lawn change from a fun family activity into a business endeavor? The answer depends on how many yard sales a family holds a year, said Riverhead Town Board members at last Thursday's work session,
A fee of $5 will permit any homeowner three yard sales per year. With some residents clamoring for more, the board decided that four would be an agreeable number for the same price. "One per quarter," said Councilman George Bartunek. The board is expected to hold a public hearing on the matter in the near future.
Go Karts For Town?
The board once again discussed F1 Long Island's plan for a Go Kart facility on Edwards Avenue. The property is suitable for a sports/recreation facility, however, the go kart concept, "might not be right for our zoning," said Riverhead Town Supervisor Phil Cardinale.
Citing the possible negative effects the facility's noise will have on nearby "breeding mares and jumpy golf clubbers," Cardinale insisted that more research be conducted on how such noise would effect breeding horses before discussions can continue.
Paumanok Vineyard owner Charles Massoud approached the town board with his concerns regarding tent issues. Massoud, who uses a tent "as a large umbrella" to protect his customers from the elements while standing on his deck on rainy days, said he did not understand why he was required to file a Chapter 90 event permit for such a use. Massoud requested that he be exempt from the requirement.
Town Attorney Dawn Thomas discussed the matter with Massoud, who said he felt as though he was being "discriminated against" and said he did not understand why he was being asked to file for a Chapter 90 just to conduct normal business at his operation.
Thomas explained that Chapter 90s are required for a spectator-attended, special one-time event of up to eight weeks that will host more than 200 people. The recent Jimmy Buffet concert at Martha Clara required a Chapter 90.
Thomas pointed out that two issues were under discussion. In addition to Chapter 90 requirements, under the building code, a tent of a certain size might be considered a structure and require a permit. Councilman Ed Densieski suggested the onus for permits be put on tent companies.
Cardinale advised Massoud to take a close look at the town code, and said he believes Massoud should not have to file for a Chapter 90 for most uses of a tent on his property.
Contaminated sand at the town landfill has long been a concern, and last Thursday, the board met with members of Long Island Compost to discuss options for getting rid of the sand at the least expense. According to Ken Testa, a number of possibilities exist, including shipping the soil out as residual solid waste or sending it to the Brookhaven landfill. Another option was composting the soil, or mixing it with mulch and wood waste. The board said composting could be a cost effective option, especially considering topsoil would be needed in the reclamation project to restore slopes and sandy areas.
Councilwoman Barbara Blass voiced concerned over whether the sand would be totally clean and safe, and Charles Vigliotti, president and CEO of Long Island Compost, assured that it would be. Cardinale suggested getting additional information from the DEC, as well as investigating the numbers for each proposal carefully before making a final decision.