Category Archives: Council Corner

Column: The KISS principle

Perhaps it’s my military background, but I must say that I am fond of acronyms.  Acronyms are abbreviated versions of a concept or an idea. Acronyms come to be because the people who invent them find them to be useful in their particular field. If an acronym is really useful, it can even cross over […]

Column: Operations and limitations of the city

There seems to be some misunderstanding in the community with regard to how our city government functions, highlighted by the angst over rock chipping in Indian Village. Under our city charter, the day-to-day operations of the city are run by the city manager. The City Council hires and fires the city manager, but the manager makes […]

Column: What your tax dollars get you

As school board president, I frequently have the pleasure of meeting new residents in our community. I was recently introduced to someone who considers himself a rather new resident of Rye, having moved here within the last couple of years. He made two comments to me. The first was that he moved to Rye for […]

Column: Squeaky wheels

The past few months, the City Council heard an increasing number of complaints about rock chipping. The primary source of the complaints was from neighbors of a construction site on Highland Road where rock chipping began more than seven months ago and stopped only days ago. The chipping did not stop because the developer completed […]

The State of the City

By Mayor Joe Sack In one respect, 2015 is beginning just like 2014. For the second year in a row, this traditional State of the City address by the mayor has been upstaged—and rightly so—by the swearing-in of councilmembers Richard Mecca and Richard Slack. But in another way, the start of this year is actually […]

Column: Rye’s future leaders take to dais

The juxtaposition could not have been more appropriate. As Rye’s current and former public servants rose to regale the audience in the Council Chambers at City Hall last week, perched behind them on the dais and peering down over their shoulders, and providing a backdrop never heretofore seen in this venue, was a smart-looking group […]

Column: Heading in the Rye direction

I was sitting in the veterinarian’s waiting room with my dog Max last week, when in walked a fellow Rye resident with her own pooch. We exchanged pleasantries, and then she commended the City Council on how well we’ve been working together. Of course I was pleased, and I gratefully accepted the compliment. But then […]

Column: Observations about the City of Rye’s budget

Before I considered running for City Council, I had very little idea how much our city spends, or from where the money comes. I’ve learned a bit since then, and I wanted to take this opportunity to share some surprising things I’ve learned about our city’s budget. These comments relate to the city’s general fund. […]

Column: Let’s do a better job on pedestrian safety in Rye

Roadway fatalities have been steadily declining in the U.S. over the past several decades. That reduction is largely due to safety improvements in automobiles like electronic stability control, better air bag systems and more crashworthy vehicle structures, as well as improvements in roadway design. One of the few areas in the realm of traffic safety […]

Column: Playland, we had an agreement

Those of us who live in the vicinity of Playland have always had an unspoken agreement with our neighbor. We will put up with the noise, traffic and litter of the summer season and, in return, we enjoy the remaining seasons with the sleeping park. We know, come late spring, the weekend noise will begin. […]