The Planning Board held their meeting this evening. The only thing they did which affects the people of Amherst was to not allow filming or recording of their meetings or anyone who is in attendance.
They set up 8 conditions which must be followed including one that states you must be in the back seats if you want to film the meeting, no panning of the camera.
The Chairman of this committee made it a point to tell the media they will not to allowed to film or record their meetings without following the 8 new rules the Planning Board put in effect as of the 21st day of April 2016.
It’s clear the Planning Board doesn’t want their special deals with developers to be exposed by the newspaper, TV reporters or radio stations.
If you are caught breaking any of the new 8 rules created by the Planning Board, the Chairman, Bob Gilmour, is the only person who can dole out punishment for any infraction of the 8 new rules. He will decide whether you will be fined, arrested or escorted out of the meeting by an armed Amherst policeman for causing the even flow of their meeting to be disturbed.
I will not be coerced into following any of their rules because they are contrary to the Town’s Open Meeting law. The Chairman Bob Gimour said the Town Attorney said they could do this action.I SPOKE TO THE TOWN ATTORNEY TODAY HE SAID HE DIDN’T GIVE THEM ANY PERMISSION.
The Planning Board is again over stepping their authority. Their Chairman Bob Gilmour must follow the rules but again Bob Gilmour ego is as big as his dictatorial mouth.
James Tricoli, Editor of the Amherst Times