If there is sufficient interest, the Steering Committee intends to revive the Observer Corps that the Amherst League had for decades. Given that Amherst has a new Town Council, it seems appropriate that members of the League should observe and report on its functioning. A planning meeting is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28th in the Amherst Room of the Jones Library.
LWVA had an Observer Corps was already in existence in the 1960s: one person would observe the Select Board, another the School Committee, a third the Planning Board, and a fourth the Zoning Board. The emphasis was, as it still is, on silent observation. Each observer filled out a form for her committee's meeting, indicating what members were present, when and where they met, what votes were taken and issues discussed. Those matters on which the League had positions were of particular interest. The observers met together once a month, shared their findings, and produced a report which was published in the League bulletin.
Today's Observer Corps might not function just as did the earlier one, but the components would be the same: silent observation, written reports and publication by League media. The Steering Committee plans to start with observers of Town Council.
Please join us at the planning meeting scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28th in the Amherst Room of the Jones Library, if you think you would be interested or would simply like to know more.