The City of Rye and Mayor Steve Otis just released (around 11:30am today) the following statement in regards to the Schubert – Shew affair and the comments made by the former Rye City Naturalist.
The statement follows in its entirety:
"City of Rye
For Release – Immediate
Contact: Mayor Otis
Schedule for City Council Agenda – Statement by Mayor Otis
The Schubert matter will be discussed as a listed agenda item at the regular City Council meeting of February 25th.
The City Council will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, February 18 with the intention of immediately going into executive session to discuss a personnel matter with the Corporation Counsel. The focus of that meeting will not be the Schubert matter.
The City Council takes the statements made by the former City Naturalist very seriously. Until these statements were made to the press last week, the City Council had no knowledge of the reported existence of the City Naturalist's different view on this issue. The City Council is now reviewing the full written file on the case, which it received on Friday night. After that review the City Council will determine what next steps are appropriate in their review of the case. This will be discussed publically at the February 25th meeting.
In addition to comments and update on the case by the City Council at the meeting on the 25th, I intend to ask the City Council, at that meeting, to authorize the hiring by the City of an outside engineering firm to review the hydrology issues at the Schubert site. It is my hope that the results of this review will provide the basis for a resolution of the matter and discussion between the parties regarding any warranted corrective action.