Record date: May 31, 2019
Jim Pistrang, former Amherst Town Meeting Moderator, and current chairman of the Residents' Advisory Committee (RAC), will join "Byline with Stanley Rosenberg," at 8 p.m. on Channel 17.
Pistrang is one of three members of the RAC, which assists Town Manager Paul Bockelman in evaluating and selecting candidates for appointment to multi-member boards and committees. The RAC, which also includes Connie Kruger and Keisha Dennis, operates under a directive to "actively encourage a diverse pool of applicants." Pistrang said efforts are ongoing to broaden the applicant pool, and the RAC is receiving outreach help from the town's Community Participation Officers.
Kruger served on the former Amherst Select Board, and on the Planning Board. An article about the RAC (from March) is here: https://www.gazettenet.com/New-committee-to-advise-Amherst-…
In the new process established by Amherst's Home Rule Charter, every applicant for an appointed board is interviewed by an RAC member, Bockelman, a Town Councilor, and an Outreach, Communication and Appointments Committee member.
Amherst's numerous multi-member boards include the new Energy & Climate Action Committee and the new Ranked Choice Voting and Participatory Budgeting commissions, along with longstanding bodies such as the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals.
Candidate recommendations are made by Bockelman to the Town Council, which can vote to approve and appoint a candidate, seek further information, or reject a candidate. If the Council takes no action on a candidate recommendation, it becomes effective after 30 days.
Over 130 "Community Activity Forms" https://www.amherstma.gov/…/Comm…/Community-Activity-Form-62 from residents who are interested in serving have been received to date, Pistrang said. The need to fill seats on the new committees, along with vacancies created by the expiration of some terms last December, have led to a backlog of necessary appointments.
Pistrang (on left in photo) also chairs Amherst's Dog Park Task Force.
The program will repeat on Monday July 8 at 6 p.m. on Channel 17, and is co-sponsored by Amherst Media and the League of Women Voters of Amherst. Description courtesy of the Amherst League of Women Voters.
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.