Dear Friends of Amherst Media,
Our contract saga continues, but now, with legal counsel, we are ready to mount an exertive effort to bring the Town and Amherst Media to the table for negotiations.
A letter was submitted to the Select Board requesting that Amherst Media be placed on the Feb. 27 evening’s agenda. The letter stated that Amherst Media had obtained legal counsel as of February 20 and that our counsel would like to discuss the Town Manager’s February 3 offer to extend Amherst Media’s expired contract through June 30, 2017.
We are seeking a 30-day postponement of the date by which the Town intends to post its Request for Proposal (RFP), slated for February 28. It is our contention that, given our exemplary service of over 40 years to the Town, that the Select Board allow the Amherst Media Board and its counsel this reasonable extension of time to:
- scrutinize the advantages and disadvantages of extending the current contract in light of the impending RFP,
- understand how the RFP process impacts the long term viability of Amherst Media, and
- research the question of whether the Town is, as the Town Manager believes, obligated to put PEG services through the public bidding process or if other avenues exist.
THIS ASK FOR DECENT CONSIDERATION AND UNDERSTANDING WAS DENIED. WE ARE CURRENTLY NOT ON THE POSTED AGENDA!!
We believe that once the RFP is posted, the opportunity for the Town to enter into a new 10-year contract with Amherst Media may be lost, so this is an urgent request that cannot be delayed to a future meeting.
Please join us in our advocacy and ask the Amherst Select Board to work with Amherst Media or attend the Monday, February 27, 6:30 PM Town Hall meeting. Help keep Independent Media alive in Amherst!