(PICTURE: Rye City Hall by local artist Heather Patterson)
The city council’s agenda for its meeting on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 is out.
The council will hold the council meeting virtually at 6:30pm. The Council will convene via ZOOM CONFERENCE at 5:15 p.m. and it is expected they will adjourn into a teleconference Executive Session to discuss pending litigation, personnel matters and contract negotiations.
PURSUANT TO GOVERNOR CUOMO’S EXECUTIVE ORDER No. 202.1, REQUIREMENTS UNDER THE OPEN MEETINGS LAW HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED AND PUBLIC BODIES MAY MEET WITHOUT ALLOWING THE PUBLIC TO BE PHYSICALLY PRESENT. FOR THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF ALL, CITY HALL WILL REMAIN CLOSED. THE MEETING WILL BE HELD VIA ZOOM VIDEO-CONFERENCING WITH NO IN-PERSON LOCATION AND WILL BE BROADCAST ON THE CITY WEBSITE. A FULL TRANSCRIPT OF THE MEETING WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE AT A FUTURE DATE.
City of Rye residents may participate in the public meeting via the zoom link below. A resident wishing to speak on a topic should raise his or her hand and, when admitted to speak, should provide name and home address, and limit comment to no more than three minutes.
Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/97137999675?pwd=YVJyQmo1V2IvNzBwS1pQTzREMTlkZz09 Passcode: 528919
Or phone: (646) 558-8656 or (301) 715-8592 or (312) 626-6799
Webinar ID: 971 3799 9675
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/arL9ceVG9
Formal office hours of the Mayor and other officials have been suspended.
Let’s check the batting order and highlights from the 22 agenda items.
- Turn On. Presentation by Westchester Power.
- Electric. Authorize the Interim City Manager to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between Sustainable Westchester and the City of Rye to provide a Community Choice Aggregation Program.
- Pull Up a Chair – Outside. Purchase Plaza status update.
- Can We Guess? Presentation by County Legislator, Catherine Parker: “Things You Didn’t Know the County Did.”
- Penny for Your Thoughts? Presentation by City Deputy Comptroller of the City’s current financial position.
- Need Capital for This. Presentation regarding the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for 2021.
- Muddy Waters. Update on Boat Basin dredging plans, and Resolution of the Rye City Council to adopt a SEQRA Negative Declaration and an affirmative finding of LWRP Coastal Consistency in connection with the Milton Harbor Navigation Channel Dredging project.
- Open Mic. Residents may be heard on matters for Council consideration that do not appear on the agenda.
- Sinking Feeling. Resolution to amend the 2020 Adopted Fees and Charges for the Boat Basin to increase fees for winter storage.
- Red. Approve the application of Joshua E. Burnstein for the position of Volunteer Firefighter for the City of Rye Fire Department.
- Planning for Old Age. Adjourn the SEQRA discussion to October 7, 2020 regarding a zoning petition from The Miriam Osborn Memorial Home to amend the text of the City of Rye Zoning Code Association to create a new use and development standards for “Senior Living Facilities” in the R-2 Zoning District, and Adjourn the public hearing to October 7, 2020 for consideration of a petition from The Miriam Osborn Memorial Home to amend the text of the City of Rye Zoning Code Association to create new use and development standards for “Senior Living Facilities” in the R-2 Zoning District. There will be no public comment taken and no Council discussion regarding this agenda item.
- eBay. Resolution to declare certain City equipment as surplus.
- Make Your Bed. Consideration of a request from Sleep in Heavenly Peace NY-Rye to use the employee parking lot at City Hall on Saturday, September 26, 2020 from 8am to 2pm to assemble beds for children in need. COVID restrictions will be followed.
- Zen. Consideration of a request from the Children’s Philanthropy (CP) to have a 1-hour yoga class on the Village Green on September 27, 2020 (rain date Wednesday September 30th) beginning at 5 pm to raise money to benefit the children of Rye. 100% of the profits will go to CP and social distancing restrictions will be followed.
- Shhh! It’s the Village Green. Consideration of a request from the Rye Free Reading Room (RFRR) to use the Village Green for various events such as outdoor storytimes, author visits, and video game tournaments from September 1, 2020 through November 13, 2020 between 9:30 am and 5:30 pm (clean-up completed by 7:00 pm). Social distancing guidelines will be followed and the RFRR will coordinate with City Staff to ensure there is not interference with maintenance of the Village Green.
- Pink. Consider a request by the Sole Ryeders & Friends and the Rye High School Breast Cancer Awareness Club to have a TieTheTownPink breast cancer awareness campaign in the City of Rye during the month of October, 2020.
The next regular meeting of the City Council will be held on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 5:30pm.
Go wash your hands!