Around Amherst: Board seeks public input for town manager review

Staff Writer
Thursday, July 06, 2017

AMHERST — As the Select Board begins a performance evaluation of Town Manager Paul Bockelman, it is soliciting input from the public.

Residents and others with an interest in town affairs are invited to submit written comments, which will be read by members of the Select Board and Bockelman, by 4 p.m. on July 14.

The board last November established a series of performance goals for Bockelman, who started in the position Aug. 22. The objectives included overseeing fiscal management and increasing revenues, maintaining a professional relationship with the Select Board, coordinating long-range planning, improving public infrastructure and continuing effective staff and personnel relations.

In April, Bockelman provided an update that explained his progress in achieving these goals during his first six months and areas that are still being worked on.

Submissions can be sent by email to the selectboard@amherstma.gov or to Doug Slaughter, Amherst Select Board, Town Hall, 4 Boltwood Ave., Amherst, 01002.

Book sale

Donations of books, DVD, compact discs and vinyl records are being accepted in advance of the 68th annual Amherst League of Women Voters Book Sale.

The sale will be held July 28-30 and Aug. 4-6.

People can bring items to the sale location, the Fort River School, 70 South East St., weekdays and Saturdays until July 20.

Money raised through the sale helps finance voter service programs and publications.

Cuppa Joe

Bockelman will hold his third Cuppa Joe with Paul at Bruegger’s Bagels, 170 North Pleasant St., July 14 from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Bockelman, who invites anyone to come with questions, compliments and complaints, will be joined by Guilford Mooring, superintendent for the Department of Public Works.

New employees

Two new employees have begun their tenure in Amherst town government.

Michael Warner is the town’s applications manager and Geographic Information Systems administrator, replacing Michael Olkin in that role after he left in the spring. Warner comes to Amherst after working in a similar capacity in East Longmeadow as both GIS administrator and asset manager.

Michele Chmura of Belchertown is the new social worker for the Amherst Senior Center, taking over for Maura Plante, who retired last month. Chmura previously worked for the Holyoke Vesting Nurses Association and Hospice Life Care and for the ALS Association of Massachusetts.

Adult summer reading

“Build a Better World” is the theme of the Jones Library’s summer reading program for adults.

Anyone interested in participating in the program, which runs concurrently with the children’s program, can register and get a reading log at the reference desk or at the branch libraries. Participants who read or listen to three books and complete a book review will receive a prize, and become eligible to enter a drawing for the grand prize, a selection of 2016 Massachusetts Must Read Book Award winners in a Jones Library shopping bag.

For more information, call the reference desk at 259-3096 or visit the website at www.joneslibrary.org/summerreading.

Office hours

State Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose will hold office hours three times in the coming weeks in the 3rd Hampshire District.

On July 10, he will be at the Granby Senior Center, 10 West State St., at 11 a.m. and at the Pelham Library, 2 South Valley Road, at 6 p.m.

Goldstein-Rose will be in Amherst on July 17 at 8 a.m. when he meets with constituents at Kelly’s Restaurant, 314 College St.


MONDAY: Finance Committee, 3 p.m., First Floor Meeting Room, Town Hall; Town Meeting Coordinating Committee’s Subcommittee on Policies and Procedures, 4 p.m., Glass Room, Bangs Community Center; Select Board, 6:30 p.m., Town Room, Town Hall.

THURSDAY: Zoning Board of Appeals, 6 p.m., Town Room, Town Hall.