Timeline of Legislative Records
The legislative body of the Town of Amherst is a Representative Town Meeting, consisting of 240 elected Town Meeting members, 24 from each of 10 precincts plus 14 ex officio members: the five members of the Select Board (the town's chief elected officials, in many ways the counterpart of the city mayor, who enforce votes of town meetings and carry out the daily affairs of the town to reduce the necessity for numerous town meetings throughout the year, helping to shape policies by issuing warrants for town meetings, appointing the Town Manager...), the five members of the School Committee, the President of the Library Trustees, the Chair of the Finance Committee (elected annually by the committee, which investigates all proposals in the articles of the warrant for any town meeting that shall in any way affect the finances of the town and to recommend to the town at the time of said meeting a course of action and in general make recommendations to the town in regard to any financial business of the town), the Moderator (elected annually, presides over all sessions of Town Meeting, appoints the Finance Committee and ad hoc committees when so directed by Town Meeting), and the Town Manager (the chief administrative officer of the town, appointed by the Select Board) A majority of the Town Meeting members constitutes a quorum for conducting business. Warrant and Sponsorship.
The Select Board calls a town meeting by issuing a warrant -- the name given to the agenda. The Select Board and other town committees sponsor most items (articles) in the warrant. All town meetings meet for as many evenings as are required to cover all the articles in the warrant. The state requires every town to call an Annual Meeting between February 1 and May 31 to adopt a budget for the ensuing fiscal year. Amherst's Annual Meeting usually begins in late April or early May. Other than these spring meetings, special town meetings may be called any time during the year by the Select Board or by petition of 200 registered voters. Amherst regularly schedules a fall meeting. All meetings except the annual spring meeting are special meetings.
The Amherst noise bylaw was passed in 1987, and then amended in 1991 and again in 2000. As much public records from the Town as possible.
Please refer to the bottom of this page and the Enforcement and Press pages for even more documents!