Amherst Media is elated to announce that Amherst’s Town Manager and Select Board have reversed their decision to post a Request for Proposal (RFP) and instead is heeding the recent findings from the MA Inspector General’s Office and Department of Revenue.
This excerpt from the Town Manger’s report to the Select Board on Monday, March 20, stated the following:
What does this mean? In short, we are moving back to the way we have accounted for funds and contracted for services as we have in the past.
- We have cancelled the release of the Request for Proposals.
- We will no longer need an article on the warrant to establish a PEG fund since that is no longer needed.
- We will remove the $300,000 revenue and expenditure items from the Town’s budget.
- We will remove the $95,000 revenue and expenditure from JCPC capital plan.
- Pending an opinion from Town Counsel to the contrary, we hope to request for a ten year contract on the warrant.
- I will invite the Board of Directors of Amherst Media to commence negotiations with me as soon as they are ready for a new contract.
Amherst Media wants to extend our deepest gratitude and appreciation to all who took the time to advocate on our behalf. Your emails and phone calls demonstrated to all involved that citizens have the right to voice their opinions and speak their minds. Independent Media can’t be taken for granted nor should its autonomy be put at risk.
A very special thank you goes out to Senate President Stan Rosenberg’s office, who asked the Department of Revenue and Inspector General to review their interpretations of the use and scope of services of cable revenues by local governments. The decisions that have come forth helped to clarify the confusion in many locales and allowed non-profit access centers, like Amherst Media, to not be subject to the 30B procurement laws.
Amherst Media is ready to meet with the Town Manager in the very near future to begin crafting the best possible contract that will meet the needs and desires of the residents and organizations. We hope we all can move forward together to meet the community’s expectations and desires.
Executive Director, Amherst Media