Town Meeting cheerleaders rah, rah, rahing
The usual suspects
I say unique because the "Town Meeting Coordinating Committee Subcommittee on Policies and Procedures" is made up of seven individuals but five of them are NOT members of the Town Meeting Coordination Committee.
Who ever heard of a subcommittee made up of members independent of the main committee?
Even more interesting they had another aficionado present -- John Fox -- to the Charter Commision in their behalf described as an avid follower who is not even an official member of the sub committee.
Only in Amherst I guess.
Naturally all they offer is band aid solutions to improving Town Meeting, kind of like offering a final stage terminal cancer patient a vitamin pill.
A clear majority of Charter Commission members favor something other than the current Town Meeting for a legislative branch of town government, but they are still in the discussion stage; but time is starting to pass quickly.
Even head town meeting cheerleader Gerry Weiss is willing to consider a downsized Town Meeting but still wants it substantially large, probably to include the boatload of NIMBYs present at every session.
When asked by Charter Commissioner Julie Rueschemeyer "what are the main issues you are trying to address?" TMCC member Chris Riddle responded "We don't have a main issue, we are happy with the way it is now. We don't see a major problem"
The blind leading the blind.
Select Board 11/28 discussed just completed 4 session Fall Town Meeting
Interestingly at last week's Select Board meeting during a post mortem analysis of the most recent Town Meeting Chair Alisa Brewer pretty much distanced herself from all things TMCC calling the Warrant Review, Bus Tour, and Precinct meetings they sponsor a waste of staff's time.
Further she said the town should completely disassociate itself from the not-open-to-the-general- public Yahoo Town Meeting listserve privately owned by TMCC member Mary Streeter. Pulling no punches Ms. Brewer branded it "poisonous".
Fifteen years ago on of the biggest battles fought within that Charter Commission was over abandoning Town Meeting or not.
But they rather quickly (by a 7-2 vote) came to the conclusion Amherst could only be improved by ditching the quaint but antiquated good-old-boys-and-girls network of do gooders, mainly interested in self interest.