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Riverhead, highway department come to an agreement on leaf pickup

Riverhead Town, highway department come to an agreement on leaf pickup
Tim Evanson

On Long Island, Riverhead Town and its Highway Department have reached an agreement on a leaf pickup service for residents.

After a bit of a delay, the Town Board voted to transfer over $194,000 from its general fund to the highway department to take care of the leaf collection.

Pickup has been a point of contention between the town and the department for a few years.

Earlier this month, the highway department said they would not be responsible for the leaves without the town covering the estimated $220,000 cost of service. They were only given $25,000 to work with.

According to the board’s liaison with the department, next year’s town budget has accounted for a similar transfer.

Sabrina is host and producer of WSHU’s daily podcast After All Things. She also produces the climate podcast Higher Ground and other long-form news and music programs at the station. Sabrina spent two years as a WSHU fellow, working as a reporter and assisting with production of The Full Story.