Rye city council minutes, penned by City Clerk Dawn Nodarse, have been published for the October 15th meeting. Here are the highlights. Mayor Otis and all the council members with the exception of George Pratt were in attendance.
- Not Telling. The council was in executive session to discuss attorney/client matters for an hour. No details were available on the topic.
- Seniors Tee Up. John Carolin, 66 Milton Road, came to report that with the help of Councilmen Ball and Sack, progress is being made to resolve the issue of seniors at the Rye Golf Club. The Recreation Commission and the Golf Commission have agreed to establish a pool and golf rate that will be compatible with the Social Membership Classification. In order to participate, seniors must be members of the Rye Seniors Organization.
- Muddy Update re Dredging Project at the Rye Marina. Assistant City Manager Scott Pickup informed the Council that the predredge survey that discusses how much material will be removed has been completed and supplied to the contractor, which means that all of the City’s predredge requirements have been met. The contract has been signed and the bonding is acceptable to the Corporation Counsel. All permits required from the Army Corp, the New York State DEC and Connecticut DEP have been obtained and are posted at the Boat Basin. The contractor will be mobilizing the week of October 20th. However, one item still awaited is the contractor’s dump scow, which is the working craft used to remove the dredged material to the Central Long Island dump site. It must be brought from Boston, a location for mooring must be found, U.S. Coast Guard approval must be obtained and a notice sent out to mariners, after which it will be permitted to being work.
- How to Dig for Dirt. Amendment of the City of Rye’s FOIL procedures. The council voted for a new procedure on how FOIL requests are handled. Mayor Otis summarized the issue stating that there is a ten-day rule (ten business days) in which appeals to denials of Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests must be heard under state law. It is the city’s policy, although not a requirement of law, that those appeals are heard by the city council. The ten-day rule can present a problem, especially in the summer, when a special meeting of the council must be called in order to comply. The new proposal will comply with the ten-day rule by having a determination made on the appeal by the corporation counsel, but will give applicants the option of waiving the ten-day rule in order to wait until the next scheduled city council meeting for the council to rule on the appeal. Deputy Corporation Counsel Kristen Wilson added that there is also new language deeming e-mail FOIL’s received after 5:00 p.m. to be received on the next business day.
- Garbage in Greenhaven. No more Mamaronek garbage trucks in Greenhaven. Mayor Otis said that there are a few houses in Greenhaven that now receive garbage pickup from the Village of Mamaroneck and the City Manager working with the Village Manager of Mamaroneck has come up with an agreement that would allow garbage pickup for those houses by the City of Rye. City Manager Shew said that Councilwoman Gamache had been instrumental in advocating for this agreement. Councilwoman Gamache thanked all involved in City staff as well as the Village of Mamaroneck for their work in making this happen. She said Mamaroneck trucks make 260 visits a year through Rye to get to seven homes in Greenhaven to service them. This will save wear and tear on the roads as well as air quality issues and should be a major benefit to the people who live in the area and will improve the carbon footprint.
- Law and Order. City Police/Court Building and Site Assessment Study. Council approved the selection of JCJ Architecture for a price of $25,000 to conduct the city police/court building site assessment study. Mayor Otis said that a Request for Proposals (RFP) has been circulated to architectural firms to analyze, on a multi-dimensional basis, the choices that the City would have for either using the existing police station for a remodeled Police State/Courthouse Facility, looking at the old CVS building (1037 Boston Post Road) that the City purchased as an option, or to review some other options. The RFP was sent to over 20 firms and responses were received from six.
- Rye Sole Ryders Shoutout. Councilman Sack updated the Council on an item he had reported on in a previous meeting. He said that a group of over 60 walkers, including his wife, had completed a 40-mile walk for breast cancer research on the weekend of October 4th and 5th. They raised over $200,000, the highest amount raised by any team in the country.