(PHOTO: Rye BOE Prez Nathan and Rye Mayor Doug French)
MyRye.com's tweets from Tuesday night's joint Board of Education and Rye City Council pedestrian safety meeting are listed below in reverse chronological order.
The meeting, scheduled for two hours, ran 3.5 hours with about 20 public officials and city staff and 40 residents in attendance. The meeting was taped for broadcasting on Rye TV (see the agenda, see broadcast times, see streaming video (video is not posted as of Wednesday evening)). View MyRye.com's photo album of the joint meeting.
It was clear out of the meeting there will be several follow-ups including an educational push through the PTOs and a separate meeting with the Rye PD on enforcement. BOE member Bob Zahm pressed officials on several issues (see Zahm's MyRye.com guest column on enforcement).
Several people including citizen Bertrand de Frondeville suggested the media have an important role to play in education including the listing of bad actors – those that drive and talk on their cell phone, drive and text message, violate traffic rules, etc.
Mr. de Frondeville, MyRye.com is ready to publish this information. If you, Mr. Zahm and others can encourage Rye City to record and make this information, MyRye.com will gladly publish it.
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BOE Nathan – enforcement and education next
BOE Nathan – enforcement and education next
meeting over 3.5 hours it is a wrap
a high risk of one texter hitting another texter – BOE Prez Nathan
work with POs/PTOs to get messages out
@13 people in audience left including most of Rye press corps
snow field as a possible parking spot – but there are issues – Pickup
Presbyterian Church is a good neighbor (to Rye High) – Pickup 200+ traffic movements each morning in church lot
we have maxed out with available parking (at high school) – Pickup (rising school population)
Nathan "I promised city council this would be a 2 hour meeting" (3 hours, 5 mins into meeting)
Rye Middle School and High School up next
citizen Ted Carroll – in 60s students were crossing guards at Milton and other schools "it was a positive"
March 16 AAA coming to Milton to educate students
crowd has thinned out, still on Milton, high school and middle school up next
crossing guard Martha gets a plug by resident
Zahm – questioning if sidewalk rules / maintenance are followed (in some cases property owners are responsible)
one way road on Fairway? more signage? 2 issues being looked at for Milton – Pickup
Milton a true neighborhood school – no issues of thru traffic – Asst City Manager Pickup
Milton up next, meeting is already 20 minutes over
drivers… it is time to remind them of their duty – citizen Bertrand de Frondeville
"SUVs w ladies at the wheel are particularly negligent about these things" – citizen Bertrand de Frondeville on cars not signaling
Nathan makes joke @ white rocks / laughter / things were getting amped up about enforcement issue
We need to have a public discussion on enforcement – Councilman Peter Jovanovich
Mayor French – we will speak with Rye PD Commissioner
I'm not sure I heard you right (are you saying) the city is waiting to enforce the law? Zahm to Mayor French
Rye Record, Rye Soundshore Review, LoHud (Journal News), AOL Patch, Rye TV all here – no lack of coverage on this one
resident – trucks come down Playland Parkway, left onto Midland, see light at Apawamis & try to jump light – recipe for disaster
citizen Charmian Neary teach cars to avoid children (vs just teaching children to avoid cars)
resident boulders on Forrest Ave creating hazard – white rocks are back as issue
Midland PTO co-presidents both speaking
Mayor French – we did not invite Rye PD Connors tonight, focused on 4 locations, will get to enforcement later
Amico – "the public needs to hear from him" (Rye PD Commish Connors) "he needs to be part of this"
Amico – Helen Gates "could not be more right" on need for education
Jim Amico talking – why not more flashing lights, disagrees with speed studies
I know we have used the unfortunate incidents as teachable moments in the schools – BOE Prez Nathan
talking @ access to Midland School from back of school (Ann Lane)
discussing other signals and lights in Midland area, Laura Slack asking about this
French on Midland Avenue – if we change specs for STOP sign we lose fed stim cash, so we wait. will revisit at future time.
Pickup on possible Midland cross walks
Pickup talking about how to connect various areas – for walking and biking. studies going on.
Now talking @ Midland corridor
Robin Jovanovich – any discussion of enforcement tonight? French – not really. No Rye PD here. Focused on 4 locations
citizen Bertrand de Frondeville – have media report on violations (MyRye.com is ready, let's go, give us a feed / info)
Maureen Gomez PTO co-prez at Osborn speaking
Rye City Schools Closed Wednesday (February 10, 2010) http://bit.ly/awyrfF
Pickup – staff reco not to put an officer at Sonn, Zahm pressing, how long would it take to put an officer there?
Zahm asking @ Sonn Drive (see Zahm's article on MyRye.com)
Keith – make sure public understands hard work of city – Scott, Brian. thanks to Gregg and Helen and YMCA
modified diet program to be presented on 24th, will require more $$ funding
recos at council meeting on Feb 24
oppty to have traffic light at Sonn Drive – consultant looking at this
BPR diet discussion
BPR and Sonn Drive
Osborn Road – water co needs to do work, may be able to work on road, sidewalk at that time. open schedule, depends on their capital sched
Pickup speaking @ Osborn School issues – Osborn Road jammed – veterans that park here turn their mirrors in
Pickup – Christian Miller (city planner) important
Pickup – Brian Dempsey – very important, his expertise "appreciate everything he brings to the table"
Pickup is an Osborn parent
Pickup – we meet with PTOs, others, we meet with parents, in the field
Pickup – hear from parents "nothing has ever been done" – these parents are new to the "cycle" there are constant improvements
Scott Pickup – Presentation by City of Rye Staff on School Pedestrian and Traffic Concerns
Nathan: get kids to educate parents. It worked for car idling
Pedestrian Safety Marathon, Tonight (February 9, 2010) 6:30pm – AGENDA http://bit.ly/b9KP0n
Feb 23rd library next safe routes to school meeting
media can play role in safety education – Helen Gates Rye record donating ad space
Engineering, Enforcement (PD also self enforcement), Evaluation (measuring impact), Education and Encouragement – Safe Routes
Safe Routes to School Presentation – Helen Gates / started in Denmark
"safe routes to school" requires community – Gregg Howells Rye YMCA
Estimating 40 citizens here, 20 officials (elected and city)
We welcome public comment but also require public commitment – Rye Mayor French on pedestrian safety
Rye Mayor French and BOE Prez Nathan doing intros
MyRye.com is at joint BOE – City Council meeting on pedestrian safety