Record date: June 7, 2019
In this week's segment of "Byline with Stan Rosenberg," at 8 p.m. on Channel 17, Rosenberg interviews Amherst Town Council Chair Alisa Brewer and Vice Chair Cathy Schoen about the work of the Rules of Procedure Ad Hoc Committee, https://www.amherstma.gov/3472/Rules-of-Procedure which ended on May 21.
Their committee was charged with codifying operating procedures for the new Town Council, including developing a values statement setting forward how the Council will engage with the public and one another.
The Rules of Procedure Ad Hoc Committee also included Councilors Mandi Jo Hanneke, Shalini Bahl-Milne, and Darcy Dumont. While the committee was unanimous on certain points, discussion over the last several months also yielded differences of opinion.
The committee's final statement, which councilors called a "compromise" document, was adopted by the Town Council. The "living document" can be amended by a majority vote of the council, and will be posted to the town's website shortly, Brewer and Schoen said. A draft document is here: https://www.amherstma.gov/…/7a-Full-Draft-ROP-V8-revised-51…
The committee's remaining unresolved issues have been referred to Governance, Organization and Legislative Committee, which Hanneke chairs.
"Byline" is co-sponsored by Amherst Media and the League of Women Voters of Amherst. Description courtesy of the Amherst League of Women voters.
Amherst Media and former Massachusetts State Senate President Stan Rosenberg team up for “Byline with Stan Rosenberg,” an issue-oriented local government news program. “Byline” will tackle town, regional and state news topics as Rosenberg interviews players in both town and state government affairs.