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THE RYE CITIZENS’ HANDBOOK INTRODUCTION
This handbook has been created to make it easier forRyeresidents and business people to understand how our town is governed. Each board, department, committee and commission inRyehas responsibility to the citizens. This handbook is intended to be a “how to” guide for people to the many servicesRyeprovides.
Ryeis a beautiful, historic seaside town. Each of us who lives and works here has a stewardship to ensure thatRyeremains 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.
NOTE: Although this handbook contains information about legal requirements and provisions to assist in understanding the workings of Rye’s Town government, it is does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon in any particular case for that purpose. The phone numbers, positions and dates all relate to the circumstances in the Town on July 1, 2013. Some facts may have changed since that date which may require consulting the updated version of this Handbook online at