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Information on Rye Districts

Rye Districts: 1  Independent powers to levy taxes. 2.  Own officers, budgets and warrant articles. 3.  Governed through annual old-style town meetings.  All registered voters  in areas taxed by district may vote, regardless of services received. 4.  Services may include water, fire hydrants, street lights, sidewalks and trees, depending on district. Rye GIS of Jenness Beach Village District [...]

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RCL Discussion Topics

Here are the different topics for discussion.   We have started with some information and opinion “not right or wrong”, just opinions and some information to get discussions going.   We will start with a manual process of attempting to communicate to specific people who let us know they would like more information when a [...]

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RCL Notes on Rye Water District May 4, 2016 meeting

Video: Detailed summary 11:25 elapsed:  Chris Bird (sp?) of Wright Pierce states that, despite seven bid packages having been sent out, there was only one bid presented for the Parsons Road water main project.  The bid was $254,000 compared to a budget of $189,000.  He suggested possible reductions in scope to remain within the [...]

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RCL May 23, 2016 Board of Selectmen Notes

File for Civic News:  RyeBOSrclNotes052316revBfinal Text of letter from Joe Tucker is below: Eversource has been cutting trees on private property along Washington Rd. based on a “verbal signature.”  The Selectmen and residents expressed concern that Eversource is not fully informing the residents of their options.  Tree cutting in the Town right-of-way will not occur [...]

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RCL May 9, 2016 BOS Meeting Notes

File for Civic News:  RyeBOSrclNotes050916revBfinal Portsmouth has withdrawn its offer to consolidate services with Rye.  More Detail All three members of Rye’s State Legislative Delegation were present to discuss cancer clusters and possible pollution of the water supply.  More Detail A tardily-filed beach permit application was approved on the condition that there be no further [...]

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RCL 2016 Annual Meeting June 20th 6pm Sawyers Beach

Please join the Rye Civic League for our Annual meeting 6 pm at Sawyers Beach (Rye Public Library  inclement weather) We will have paper goods, so bring your own picnic dinner, your own beach chair  and maybe something to share and meet all the people who bring you the Civic News and all the other [...]

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RCL Parson’s Creek May 17th Site Walk Notes

Rye Civic League Notes Parsons Creek Watershed Committee Tuesday May 17, 2016 Site Walk Present: All members of the Committee, Town Administrator Michael Magnant, Planning and Zoning Administrator: Kim Reed, Sally Soule, NH DES. Town of Rye: Parsons Creek Watershed  Page:    Click Here The Committee, accompanied by a representative of NH DES, visited areas [...]

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RCL May 26th School Board Meeting Notes

Rye NH School Board Meeting May 26, 2016 Rye Civic League Notes Note:  The video is available at  The times are in hours and minutes relative to the start of the video. 00:01 Brianna shadows April. 00:07Ryeteachers approved to have their 3 kids attend RES, though they do not live in the district. Reduced [...]

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RCL Notes of Parson’s Creek Pollution Committee April 27, 2016

Charge from the Selectmen:  Parsons Creek Charge 2016 Rye Civic League Notes Parsons Creek Watershed Restoration Committee April 27, 2016 Rye Town Hall Video Streaming of the Meeting here: Members Present: Craig Musellman, Sam Winebaum, Lynn Pinkham,  Peter Reilly, John Riley Also attending: Michael Magnant, Town Administrator: Kim Reed, Planning and Zoning Adminstrator; Peter [...]

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RCL Notes BOS Meeting April 25, 2016

File for Civic News: RyeBOSrclNotes042516revBfinal Agreement was reached with Seacoast Velokids to have them use trails near the Rye Airfield, rather than the Town Forest, for children’s biking events.  More Detail After vigorous discussion over the advisibility of allowing surfing camps on July Fourth, Summer Sessions was granted a beach permit.  Permits were also issued to [...]

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RCL Notes of Budget Committee meeting April 26, 2016

(0:00 elapsed) Paul Goldman elected Chairman, Jaci Grote Vice Chairman and Peggy Balboni Clerk. (14:35 elapsed) Three sets of minutes approved. (20:09 elapsed) School District Business Manager presents third fiscal quarter (ending March 30, 2016) results: 1. District is on track to return $350,000 to $400,000 surplus in 2015-2016 to taxpayers. 2. A good winter [...]

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RCL April 11 BOS meeting notes

File for the Civic News:  RyeBOSrclNotes041116revBfinal The application by Seacoast Velokids to use the Town Forest for bicycling events was tabled after Conservation Commission opposition. More Detail Rye’s representative to the Coastal Risk and Hazard Commission reported that estimates for sea level rise by 2100 range from 1.6 to 6.6 feet. More Detail An “august” [...]

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RCL April 13, 2016 School Board Time Stamps and Notes

Rye NH School Board Meeting April 13 2016 Video:    Click Here 0:01 Call to Order 0:02 Approve March minutes, [...]

Files for Civic News May 2016

Survey upload:  Recreation Space Needs Survey Recreation Commission Space Needs updated charter:  04-04-16 RRFNAC Updated Charge Solar Tour Flyer:  Durham-Solar101-Flyer-5-24-sm [...]

RCL Conservation Commission April 21st Notes

Official Draft Minutes not available at time of posting these Notes Town Hall Streaming: Abenaqui Country Club – Expedited [...]

RCL Notes of the March 28, 2016 BOS Meeting

File for the Civic News: RyeBOSrclNotes032816revBfinal The Selectmen approved the Conservation acquisition at 561 South Rd. (lot 5) for $350,000. More [...]

RCL School Board March 16, 2016 Notes and Time stamps

File for the Civic News:  RyeSchBdRclNotes031616revBfinal NOTES OF MARCH 28, 2016 RYE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING Final Revision B – Provided [...]

RCL Discussion of Town Challenges

At the Public Forum discussion (starts when the RCL meeting closes), there was a discussion about the many challenges facing [...]