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Rye Mayor French Releases City Update

RYE, N.Y. -- Rye Mayor Douglas French released his mayoral update email on Monday morning detailing the recent comings and goings at city hall. Amongst the items addressed by French was the council's amendment of the city charter to unify the fire department's reporting structure.

According to the charter amendment, the board of fire wardens, which presides over the volunteer firefighters, will now report directly to the city manager as opposed to the city council. The rest of the fire department, along with every other government department, already directly reports to the city manager.

"For the past year, the city manager and I have met with key stakeholders to include the fire chiefs, volunteers, career personnel and board of wardens as well as have held three public sessions," French wrote in his update. "This is an important change that will allow for better coordination of fire services."

Mayor French also said that a bid has been put out on the Bowman Avenue Sluice Gate project. According to David Weiss from WPS Sells, the project should be completed by the beginning of the 2012 hurricane season . Weiss estimated that the 12-week building process could begin as early as June 1.

The mayor also recapped the first meeting of the city's flood mitigation committee, which the council created in January.

"The committee's focus will be on flood mitigation project coordination and outreach, oversight of surrounding development and regulatory actions and pre/post storm preparedness," French wrote.

French also highlighted his visit to the annual conference of New York State Mayors in Albany.

"Rye is not alone as all municipalities are managing through the tough economic times with declining infrastructures, a tapped-out taxpayer, increasing labor costs and heavy regulatory burdens," French wrote.

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