The Town Manager continues to seek volunteers to serve on Town Boards. Boards and Committees that have or may have vacancies include the Agricultural Commission, CDBG Advisory Committee, Disability Access Advisory Committee, Historical Commission, Public Art Commission, and Public Shade Tree Committee.
A current list of vacancies can be found here.
Here is a little about each of the committees. Much more information can be found on the Town’s Boards & Committee Page here
- Agricultural Commission: The Agricultural Commission’s purpose is to support commercial agriculture and other farming activities in the Town. The Commission’s duties include: promoting agricultural-based economic opportunities; acting as mediators, advocates, educators, and/or negotiators on farming issues; working for the preservation of agricultural lands; pursuing all initiatives appropriate to creating a sustainable agricultural community; reviewing and advising on development proposed in farmland areas, as may be permitted under zoning and other development regulations.
- CDBG Advisory Committee: The CDBG Committee makes recommendations to the Town Manager regarding the Town’s CDBG program that includes both social service and non-social service community development activities. CDBG funds - $825,000 in FY19 - are awarded to projects, programs, and services that improve the lives of Amherst’s low- and moderate-income residents and/or increase the accessibility for individuals with disabilities.
- Disability Access Advisory Committee: The Disability Access Advisory Committee serves the Town as an advisory committee on issues of physical, programmatic, and employment accessibility, and works to ensure equal access for people with disabilities. The Town is currently updating its ADA self-evaluation and transition plan.
- Historical Commission: The Historical Commission is responsible for identifying the Town's historic assets through extensive inventories and for developing programs of preservation. It initiates recommendations for listing specific sites and areas in the National Register of Historic Places. The Commission also adjudicates requests to demolish building subject to the demolition section of the Zoning Bylaw.
- Public Art Commission: The Public Art Commission fosters a greater community awareness of the interaction with public art, and through public art, promotes cultural diversity and an improved quality of life for Amherst’s residents.
- Public Shade Tree Committee: The Public Shade Tree Committee preserves, protects, and promotes Town shade trees and works in conjunction with the Tree Warden. The Committee advises the Tree Warden and Town Manager to ensure the values of shade trees are taken into consideration when policies are set. The committee also educates the public about the importance and benefits of Town shade trees and has regular tree planting activities.
The Town Manager seeks community members who have relevant expertise or experience. We are especially seeking individuals of diverse backgrounds to serve on all boards, committees, and commissions.
If you are interested in volunteering to serve, please fill out a Community Activity Form here.
If you have questions, reach out to our Community Participation Officers at GetInvolved@AmherstMA.gov