Town Council 3/4/19

Committee Name: 

Amherst Town Council

Meeting date: 

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 18:30

Meeting Location: 

Town Room, Town Hall

Members present: 

All

Observer Notes: 

Douglas Slaughter spoke on transportation, particularly the dilemma of having to sign personnel contracts and develop routes for the PVTA before June 30 while state budget can be adopted after July 1 without enough funding for what has been proposed. The PVTA is funded by federal, state and local organizations and government funding has been flat, which in essence is a cut. Council action:

  • Agreed to act on the Regional School Budget separately and earlier from the regular budget because the Regional towns - Pelham , Leverett and Shutesbury - vote on their budgets at Town Meetings before the Amherst budget has to be adopted.
  • Supported Tibetan Day Proclamation
  • Supported First Congregational Church request to maintain temporary shelter. Rep. Monday Domb said she has filed legislation to allow houses of worship to provide temporary shelter without the need for unnecessary building code updates.
  • Supported resolution to change state flag and seal.
  • Adopted a Finance Committee calendar.

In other business, the Council discussed the charge to the Community Resources Committee, which is to advise the Council on the economic vitality and quality of life in town. The areas include, planning, zoning, parking, housing, economic development, sustainability, arts and culture. The charge goes to the Governance, Organization and Legislation Committee. The committee heard reports from the Governance Operations and Legislation Committee, Outreach, Communications and Appointments Committee. The Council met members of the the Resident Advisory Committee and the Board of License Commissioners.

Public Comment: 

Robert Kusner spoke in support of maintaining summer hours for Routes 30 and 31. He said it is critical for residents who work. A total of 30,000-40,000 trips are made during June, July and August on those routes. Help year-round residents get the service they need.

League Observer: 

Phyllis Lehrer