Amherst Town Board Deaf To The Public
In 2010, voters in the town of Amherst voted overwhelmingly 70% to 30% to reduce the town board in phases from 7 positions to 5. Elected officials hate things like downsizing and term limits, especially when it effects them personally.
Apparently the overwhelming vote to eliminate two town board seats was not good enough for town board members, as they are seeking to have the public vote again on whether the board should really be reduced to five members.
When the public voted in 2010, the same members that were on the town board then are on the board now. In 2010 several of the board members were newly elected and one of the first actions they took was a vote to put before the voters the question of whether the town board should be reduced to 5 members. The public answered that question loud and clear with 70% in favor of downsizing to five.
Three years later these same board members, some of whom tried to eliminate the term limits that were in place before they sought office, are now trying to stop the downsizing of the town board before it happens.
The desperate attempt to thwart the will of the public is sickening. I singled out board member Mark Manna in a previous post on this issue due to his flip flopping on the issue of downsizing, but the other five board members who voted to have another public referendum on downsizing are equally at fault (Marlette, Weinstein, Nuchereno, Sanders).
The one person who had the guts to not stand in the way of the previous downsizing vote was board member Richard Anderson. The public spoke loud and clear in 2010 about downsizing but apparently only Anderson is listening. Going to five members will not be the end of the world, many communities operate fine with five members and some with even less than five members.