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Date:
December 4, 2023
Time:
6:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Location:

In person: Town Hall, Town Room 4 Boltwood Ave. Amherst, MA 01002

Online: https://amherstma.zoom.us/j/84775074066

Phone: (301) 715-8592; enter webinar ID 847 7507 4066

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Town Council

Monday, December 4, 2023

RECEIVED: 11/30/23, 3:38 pm. LIST OF TOPICS: Click "More Details" for List of Topics

LIST OF TOPICS: 

  1. Call to Order
  2. Announcements
  3. Hearings – None 
  4. General Public Comment - Residents are welcome to express their views for up to 3 minutes, at the discretion of the Town Council President, based upon the number of people who wish to speak. The Council will not engage in a dialogue or comment on a matter raised during General Public Comment. Public comments are not reflective of the opinions of the Town Council
  5. Consent Agenda
  6. Resolutions and Proclamations – None
  7. Presentations and Discussion
    1. State of the Town Address – Charter Sec. 2.2(c)
      1. Presentations
        1. Town Council President – Lynn Griesemer
        2. Town Manger – Paul Bockelman
      2. Receipt of Annual Reports
        1. School Committee – Charter Sec. 4.2(d)
        2. Library Trustees – Charter Sec. 4.3(e)
        3. Housing Authority – Charter Sec. 4.4(d)
        4. Oliver Smith Will Elector – Charter Sec. 4.5
        5. Board of License Commissioners – Charter Sec. 6.3
  8. Action Items
    1. Supplemental appropriation for the expansion and renovation of the Jones Library, said sum to supplement the amount appropriated under the Town Council’s April 5, 2021 Order Approving and Authorizing Borrowing of Funds for the Expansion and Renovation of the Jones Library
      1. Finance Committee Report
      2. Town Manager Update Regarding the Memorandum of Agreement
      3. Council Discussion
      4. Motion and Vote
    2. Solar Bylaw
      1. Presentation
      2. Council Discussion
      3. Referral to Community Resources Committee for further development
    3. Proposed Rescission and Replacement of General Bylaw 3.50 Residential Rental Property, Proposed Regulations for General Bylaw 3.50 Residential Rental Property, and Proposed Rental Property Fees
      1. Community Resources Committee Report
      2. Governance, Organization, and Legislation Committee Report
      3. Finance Committee Report
      4. Council Discussion
      5. Motions and Votes
    4. Town Manager Evaluation
      1. Council Discussion
      2. Motion and Vote
    5. Town Manager Goals
      1. Governance, Organization, and Legislation Committee Report
      2. Council Discussion
      3. Motion and Vote
    6. Draft Financial Guidelines
      1. Finance Committee Report
      2. Council Discussion
    7. Committee Carryover Discussion
      1. Community Resources Committee Report
      2. Finance Committee Report
      3. Governance, Organization, and Legislation Committee Report
      4. Town Services and Outreach Committee Report
      5. Council Discussion
    8. Referral of Charter Review Committee Appointment Recommendation Process to Governance, Organization, and Legislation Committee – Consent Agenda
      1. Governance, Organization, and Legislation Committee Report
      2. Council Discussion
      3. Motion and Vote
    9. 2024 Town Council Meeting Calendar – Consent Agenda
      1. Council Discussion
      2. Motion and Vote
    10. Town Manager Compensation – This item will be taken up when the Council returns to open session after Executive Session
      1. Council Discussion
      2. Motion and Vote
  9. Appointments
    1. Town Manager Appointments – None 
    2. Town Council Appointments
      1. Housing Authority Vacancies – Charter Sec. 4.1(c)
      2. Council Discussion of Process
  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 Preservation Act Committee, Community Safety and Social Justice Committee, Disability Access Advisory Committee, Energy and Climate Action Committee, Planning Board, Recreation Commission, and Transportation Advisory Committee
  11. Approval of Minutes – None
  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)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; The Town Council will return to open session following this Executive Session.
  16. Adjourn

Meeting materials will be posted here https://www.amherstma.gov/DocumentCenter/Index/6031; materials may be added or changed up through and after the meeting date.


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