The head of Amherst’s Planning Department, Rick Gillert, and the infamous Amherst IDA Director James Allen, must change parts of the town’s Bicentennial Comprehensive Plan before they retire. Doing so will mean bigger pensions for their pockets. These two give known and unknown developers freedom to go wild in their development choices.
Our Town Board has been over-generous in giving developers carte blanche as to what they want. The bigger the developer the more gifts of “yes” votes they are assured of. The money dished out, as well as bonds, make these rich people even richer. This sucks big time.
The people of Amherst are left to pay more taxes and assessment taxes for water improvement areas and paying off the $75 million to repair our Waste Water Treatment Plant. These two men have sold out Amherst for their personal benefit, for the good of their future retirement.
Add a third person into this mix, Tom Ketchum, Head of the Engineering Department and also in charge of the Waste Water Treatment Plant. These three are a deadly mixture for Amherst.
These three individuals advise Supervisor Weinstein on who should be on the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals. These two Boards must be dissolved because of their deep disregard for the people of Amherst and the deep love they have for major developers.
Jim Allen is the ugly monster who consistently tears money out of our pockets. Allen keeps two sets of books. As head of the Amherst IDA he has keep two sets of books for years. One is for officials the other for his personal profit.
As soon as we replace these men with fresh faces who are not yet spoiled, Amherst will start to see a clean rebirth which the people of Amherst can share in.