Mayor French: Rye Golf Club Situation is “Serious”

The City Council continues its investigation into the RGC.

Two months after Rye Golf Club manager Scott Yandrasevich the city council continues its investigation into his actions in that role.

“The situation is very serious,” Mayor Douglas French said at the Dec. 5 city council meeting.

French said that although they would like to provide an update for the public, the council was unable to do so at this time.

Several Rye Golf Club members and commissioners who were sitting in the back of the council chambers left shortly after French’s announcement at the beginning of the meeting.

Yandrasevich’s management was questioned first over the summer and then publically this fall when RGC members learned of seemingly excessive overtime costs and a possible conflict of interested with a local temporary staffing agency. Read more on that here.

Over the last two months, City Manager Scott Pickup has been overseeing the day-to-day operations of the golf club, Pickup told Patch on Tuesday.

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“We are looking to, if this continues, to bring in some additional support,” Pickup said. He said it might be a consultant or someone to be titled an interim RGC manager. Pickup expected to know more on this situation by next week.

The investigation is still “very active,” Pickup said, which was echoed in Mayor French’s announcement at the Wednesday night meeting.

Last week, the city council approved two resolutions that allowed them to appoint Angela Sposato to the Rye Golf Commission.

In October, French announced the council would initiate a “four part strategy” in response to the RGC issues. The first part was placing Yandrasevich on administrative leave. The city is also working on adjusting its conflict of interest policies and drafting a financial disclosure form that certain employees will be required to fill out. Pickup said the draft of the financial disclosure document should be ready for council review in December or January.

A subcommittee to consider the future of RGC has been formed, Pickup said.  The last aspect of the strategy was to conduct an audit of the club, which is being handled by the firm conducting the investigation.

The last time the club was audited was in the city’s 2010 audit, conducted by the city’s auditing firm, O'Connor Davies, Pickup said. “It is premature to comment on that,” he said of a current audit.

Check back with Patch for future developments on this story. 


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Rye Golf Club December 06, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Serious. As in Mayor French is serious joke. Here is the text of an email sent to him from a council member asking to look in to who RM Satffing is, look at this exchange: From: Joe Sack Sent: Saturday, July 21, 2012 10:29 AM To: Council&Manager Dear Scott: What is RM Staffing and Studio Y, what connection do they have to the Rtye Golf Club, and to individuals at RGC. Thanks, Joe From: French, Douglas H. To: Council&Manager Subject: Re: Sent: Jul 21, 2012 6:30 PM Hi All; Catherine and I are meeting on this and will report back to Council. Thanks, Doug From: Joe Sack Sent: Saturday, July 21, 2012 07:43 PM To: French, Douglas H.; Council&Manager Excuse me, the city manager reports to the council not to you. I expect to receive a report from the city manager ASAP. From: French, Douglas H. To: Council&Manager Subject: Re: Sent: Jul 22, 2012 8:24 PM Joe -- I do represent the City Council, I am the president of the Council as the elected Mayor. Should you disagree, then get 3 other members of the Council to agree with your point of view. Otherwise, staff will respond based on the consensus of the Council. As I said, I am working with our colleagues on this matter. Doug The mayor did nothing. Two months later the RM Staffing the fan. This mayor is a clown-faced fool.
Serious Coverup @RGC December 06, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Welcome to planet Earth Patch. Where you been? Here's your homework assignments, read: http://www.lausdeo10580.com/lausdeo10580/2012/11/relatives-of-city-managers-administrative-assistant-employed-at-golf-club-missing-from-city-payroll.html http://www.lausdeo10580.com/lausdeo10580/2012/12/did-city-hall-tamper-with-rye-golf-club-investigation.html http://www.lausdeo10580.com/lausdeo10580/2012/12/yandrasevich-set-up-private-corporation-headquartered-at-rye-golf-club.html
RyeDad December 08, 2012 at 03:12 AM
RyeDad December 10, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Dear Mayor French: It sounds like this is getting even more serious now. Sounds to me like you, Pickup and Wilson may all be into this, and the coverup up, to your ear lobes. How much longer can Pickup and Wilson possibly still be employed in Rye? A week? A month? Where is the accountability? French should give Councilman Sack the e-mails he wants, resign from office and let the remainder of the City Council (Minus Jovanovich) fire Pickup and Wilson. Jovanovich looks like he may be resigning for health reasons (West Nile???) so another piece of garbage will get thrown to the curb. http://www.myrye.com/my_weblog/2012/12/sack-wants-pickupfrench-email-trail-on-rye-golf-club-public-guest-column.html?cid=6a00d8341d20cd53ef017ee61850ce970d#comment-6a00d8341d20cd53ef017ee61850ce970d


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