RCL Citizens’ Handbook 2013

Viewable version:  Handbook July 2013II


This handbook has been created to make it easier for Rye residents and business people to understand how our town is governed. Each board, department, committee and commission in Rye has responsibility to the citizens. This handbook is intended to be a “how to” guide for people to the many services Rye provides.

Rye is a beautiful, historic seaside town. Each of us who lives and works here has  a stewardship  to ensure that Rye remains the wonderful rural community it has been for over 230 years.

As citizens, we can do our part  by  understanding  and  abiding  by  the rules and regulations that govern our town. We need to participate in positive change and to resist unwanted change.

The Rye Civic League is proud to provide this educational tool for our community. We hope this handbook will provide the information and impetus for each individual to play an active role in Rye’s present and future. Many opportunities exist to have our voices heard. The Rye Civic League  intends to continue to improve this Handbook each year. We need your suggestions. The Rye Civic League also produces a monthly e-mail newsletter (the Rye  Civic News) that captures the key points from town meetings and other important Town activities. To be added to the Rye Civic News distribution contact RCL at www.ryecivicleague.org/.

A special thanks to Selectman Priscilla Jenness and the Town department heads, directors, chairs of boards, committees and commissions and other Town officials for their cooperation in ensuring that the information contained in the Handbook pertaining to their areas of responsibility is accurate.