Town Manager and most of Select Board vote "No" to moving Vince O'Connor's land grab article to tonight
A couple of non binding "resolutions" passed Town Meeting Monday night -- the drone ban and let's buy a $3 million apartment complex -- but both of them were so watered down via revisions that they will have no impact whatsoever on the real world. Not that Amherst lives in the real world.
Just as academics in our enlightened community decry the public schools "teaching to the tests," it seems Town Meeting activists are tailoring their petitions simply to pass Town Meeting. Not a very high hurdle to clear.
The original drone article stated that "No agency of the town will operate drones capable of violating the constitutional rights of residents ..." Since any drone is "capable" of that, the wording pretty much amounted to a ban.
But what passed Town Meeting was reworded to say nobody can operate drones, "In a manner that violates the constitutional rights of residents." Which is kind of like saying no baseball bats will be used in a manner to purposely break the heads of residents.
Gerry Weiss significantly watered down his article from telling the Select Board to take Echo Village Apartments by eminent domain to, "It is the sense of Town Meeting" that town officials should continue to negotiate with Jamie Cherewatti for purchase of the apartment complex.
Maybe he should have just said, "Pretty please."