9/11/11 Amherst Town Common. Photo by Greg Saulmon
By a simple majority vote the five member SB can place a question before the voters on the upcoming April 9 local election ballot.
On May 16, 2007 representative Amherst Town Meeting voted by a shameful 96-41 against allowing the flags to fly every 9/11.
Every September since the day of the attack, I have gone before the Amherst Select Board to request the 29 commemorative flags fly on 9/11. Only twice since 2003 have they been allowed up under "compromise" proposals, first by SB Chair Gerry Weiss allowing them to fly once every three years, and most recently by Chair Stephanie O'Keeffe alowing them up once every five years, on "milestone anniversaries".
According to this schedule 2016 is the next time the flags will be allowed to fly, on the 15th anniversary. Last summer the town received a boatload of negative press over the contentious issue.
Kind of ironic that the Select Board will also discuss a request to raise the Tibetan flag ...
RECEIVED: 2/21/13 at 3:47 pm. MEETING TIME: 6:30 pm. LOCATION: Town Room, Town Hall. LIST OF TOPICS: Public Comment. Mt. Holyoke Range Advisory Committee Appointments. Food Truck Regulations Update. FY14 Budget Discussion. Town Manager, Select Board Member and Chair's Reports. Request to Place Question April 9, 2013 election ballot. Untimed Items: Request to raise Tibetan Flag 03-10-13; Warrants for Upcoming Elections; Select Board Meeting Schedule; Parking and Street Closure Requests; New Taxi Driver/Chauffeur Licenses; Special Liquor Licenses; Approve Minutes; and Committee Appointments as presented. Topics the Chair did not reasonably anticipate 48 hours before the meeting.