Vince O'Connor on the attack
Vince O'Connor is now 1 for 2 after last night's epic fail at an attempt to hack 10% from the Planning Department budget, which was to go hand-in-hand with with his 79-74 victory Monday night to increase Social Service spending (charitable organizations) by $125,000.
So obviously many of the 79 Town Meeting members who supported his motion to bring Social Service spending back into the routine budget disagreed on his version of financing that.
Even though Mr. O'Connor last night backed away significantly from his original plan to cut $200,000 from Planning Department by reducing the amount to $100,000 -- still a 10% cut.
O'Connor also appeared yesterday afternoon at the Rental Implementation Bylaw Group to discuss his other (of many) Town Meeting articles, #42, which originally would, "suspend the operation and enforcement of the Rental Permit bylaw" until a new more "inclusive" committee is formed.
Yeah just what Amherst needs: yet another committee, working group, or task force.
This too he has now watered down significantly by removing the threat to "suspend the operation" and now simply wants the new committee to make recommendations. Building Commissioner Rob Morra will take Mr. O'Connor's suggestions to the Town Manager and if he buys in to the grand scheme O'Connor will move to dismiss Article #42.
Kind of a toothless threat since Town Meeting overwhelmingly supported the Rental Permit Bylaw last year and like all new bylaws it also had to pass muster with the Attorney General. And yes some folks (parties with a vested interest no doubt) tried unsuccessfully to sabotage that.
Plus Article #42 is last on the list of a l-o-n-g Warrant. When the weather turns terrific with thoughts drifting to summer vacations, the last thing Town Meeting members want to do is listen to Mr. O'Connor drone on, and on, and ...