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December 5, 2022
5:30 PM - 10:30 PM

In person: Town Hall, Town Room


Phone: (301) 715-8592; enter webinar ID: 884 2273 9511

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Town Council

Monday, December 5, 2022

REVISED: 12/3/22, 12:22 pm. RECEIVED: 12/01/22, 4:18 pm. LIST OF TOPICS: Click "More Details" for List of Topics


  1. Call to Order

    Executive Session: [MGL c.30A, §21(a)6] To consider the purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property; the chair declares that an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the negotiating position of the public body

    The Town Council will enter Executive Session after the meeting is called to order at 5:30 p.m. The Town Council will return from Executive Session at approximately 6:30 p.m. to resume the regular meeting agenda

  2. Announcements
  3. Hearings - None
  4. General Public Comment 
  5. Consent Agenda
  6. Resolutions and Proclamations
  7. Presentations and Discussion
  8. Action Items
    1. Reconsideration of November 21, 2022 Town Council vote: Appropriation and Transfer Order FY23-05C: An Order Appropriating Funds for a Portion of the Town of Amherst Capital Program – School Track and Field Rehabilitation
    2. Proposed Amendments to Zoning Bylaw Article 3, Use Regulations, Article 5, Accessory Uses, Article 11, Administration and Enforcement, and Article 12, Definitions – First Reading
    3. Proposed Revisions to Zoning Bylaws Article 2, Zoning Districts, Article 3, Use Regulations, and Article 16, FEMA Floodplain Overlay District; Zoning Bylaw: Official Zoning Map – FEMA Floodplain Overlay District; Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM); Flood Insurance Study dated February 9, 2023 – First Reading
    4. Proposed Purchase of Real Property: 457 Main Street – Consent Agenda
    5. Proposed Amendment to Bylaw 3.22: Discharging of Firearms – First Reading
    6. Town Manager Goals – First Discussion
    7. Financial Guidelines - First Discussion
    8. Final Draft of the Town Manager Evaluation
    9. Authorization for Town Council President and Finance Committee Chair to speak on behalf of the Town Council at the December 17, 2022 Four Towns Meeting – Consent Agenda
  9. Appointments – None 
  10. Committee and Liaison Reports
    1. Community Resources Committee
    2. Elementary School Building Committee
    3. Finance Committee
    4. Governance, Organization, and Legislation Committee
    5. Jones Library Building Committee
    6. Town Services and Outreach Committee 
    7. Liaison Reports: Amherst Affordable Housing Trust, Board of Health, Community Safety and Social Justice Committee, Disability Access Advisory Committee, Energy and Climate Action Committee, Planning Board, and Transportation Advisory Committee
  11. Approval of Minutes – Consent Agenda
    1. November 1, 2022 Special Town Council Minutes: Meeting with Community Safety and Social Justice Committee
  12. Town Manager Report
  13. Town Council Comments
    1. President Report
    2. Future Agenda Items
    3. Councilor Comments
  14. Topics Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chair 48 Hours in Advance of the Meeting
  15. Executive Session
    • [MGL c.30A, §21(a)6] To consider the purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property; the chair declares that an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the negotiating position of the public body
    • [MGL c.30A, §21(a)2] To conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel, Town Manager Paul Bockelman
    • [MGL c.30A, §21(a)2] To conduct contract negotiations with nonunion personnel, Town Manager Paul Bockelman 
    • [MGL c.30A, §21(a)7] To comply with, or act under the authority of, any general or special law or federal grant-in-aid requirements: to approve the executive session minutes of May 16, 2022
    • The Town Council will not return to open session following this executive session.
  16. Adjourn

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