11:05 AM, Town Manager's office: 4 of 5 Amherst SB members attended
Perhaps the reason the state calls it "Executive Session" is because it mimics a private boardroom meeting between a CEO and a corporation's Board of Directors. In other words, by invite only.
Although in the case of a public body like the Amherst Select Board, they still have to convene in open session (hence allowing miscreants like me to take a photo) before retreating into private conversation. Or in this case, evicting the general public.
The meeting was posted to start at 11:00 AM and finish by 11:59 AM (somebody must have been worried about lunch). Actual start time was 11:06, as SB member Alisa Brewer was her usual few minutes late. And I'm told by SB Chair Stephanie O'Keeffe the meeting adjourned at 12:39 PM.
The reason for the secret meeting was a discussion of Cowls Cushman properties (154 acres) that are currently under a Purchase& Sale agreement with Landmark Properties for $6.5 million.
The town can either invoke the "right of first refusal" and match any legitimate offer on the table for the property, or can simply take it by eminent domain via a simple majority vote of the Select Board.
Although the draconian use of eminent domain also requires Town Meeting authorization for monetary backing.
The town would then be liable to pay W.D.Cowls, Inc the "highest and best use" for the property, which obviously is not that of its current condition, a tree farm.