Mar 22, 2017
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. Next Steps:
MA. Inspector General's Office Rules PEG Services by non-profits do not fall under 30B rules and regulations
Mar 16, 2017
At the Monday, March 13, 2017 Select Board meeting, Jim Lescault, Executive Director of Amherst Media, spoke during public comment, presenting to the Select Board a very real alternative to the path of Request for Proposal the Town was on. The Office of Inspector General had written their opinion regarding PEG services and 30B procurement totally redefining how the Town of Amherst’s government had interpreted the regulations.
Mar 6, 2017
There unfortunately continues to be many unanswered questions circulating around the Amherst community regarding the recent decision by the Town Manager and Select Board regarding the proposed changes in how the Town contracts Amherst Media for the Cable Access Public, Education & Government (PEG) services. While the Town will be providing an on-line opportunity for the community to give input to the RFP, we feel there exists a real need for a community dialogue on such a monumental change in policy.
Feb 24, 2017
In an age of mass media consolidation, access to public information to insure government transparency is more vital than ever. Amherst Media, one of the oldest community access centers in the country providing that kind of transparency to its community, is in a contract dispute with the Town of Amherst. And as with many other such centers across the country over the last ten years, its future is far from certain.
Feb 24, 2017
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.
Feb 14, 2017
Feb 11, 2017
Amherst Media Executive Director Jim Lescault speaks with Natalia Munoz and Bill Newman on WHMP regarding the state of Amherst Media's contract with the Town of Amherst. Click through to hear the full interview.
Jan 30, 2017
Jan 29, 2017
On January 23, 2017, Amherst Media Executive Direct Jim Lescault spoke during the Select Board's public comment period regarding the lack of a contract or contract negotations with the Town. Full text and video are available in the full article.
Jan 26, 2017
On January 15, 2017, the Daily Hampshire Gazette published an article penned by staff writer Scott Merzbach regarding Amherst Media current status of providing services to the town of Amherst without a contract. AMHERST — Raising concerns that an adjustment to how Amherst Media gets its funding could diminish public access to the community, officials with the nonprofit are pressing for a new contract immediately.