Rye City Councilman Joe Sack has told MyRye.com he plans to formally request the Rye city council retain an independent counsel to "investigate the facts" and further look into the Shew / Schubert affair when the council meets for a special meeting this Wednesday, February 18th at 8pm.
Some are charging Rye City Manager O.Paul Shew may have ignored wetland code, proper procedure and warnings from city employees concerning a wetland water course and pond on the property of Forest Avenue resident Bob Schubert (see Mistakes Regarding Schubert Property "Swept Under The Carpet" According to Former Rye City Naturalist).
Late Friday around 5:30pm, in the wake of new revelations from the former city naturalist, the City noticed a special meeting "to discuss personnel matters and attorney-client matters" in Executive Session.
Councilman Sack told MyRye.com he felt "any discussion of facts should be made in public" – in the open meeting and not in executive session – and that it would then be appropriate for council to go into executive session regarding the personnel ramifications of such facts. Sack will ask his colleagues on council to vote to retain an independent counsel. Sack said "(I am) not pre-judging anything."
If the city council special meeting is planned for executive session only, these meetings are held in the Mayor's conference room and not in city council chambers, where Rye TV can broadcast such meetings. Unless the city modifies its notice and schedules Rye TV to broadcast any open portion of the meeting, there will be no transparency into the meeting content for Rye residents. We all know what happened last time.