Remote video technology used for Town Board Meeting

It appears that live streaming of the Mar 25, 2020 Town Board meeting was never a possibility since each councilmember was working remotely. In ordinary times, the town hall has the technology to live stream it’s meetings from the council chambers. The Town Board started to use Zoom Meetings & Chat to record the video of the meeting last night. It is now available via a link on the town website home page http://www.amherst.ny.us/.

From what I have heard so far from the Town of Amherst, live streaming will not be possible for a while. It is understandable that the difficulties of doing this new way of Town Board meetings became the primary focus.

Our advise to anyone who would like to comment on future town board agenda items, be more proactive by using either the phone, email or the US mail.

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First Live Streaming ONLY Town Board Meeting

The Town Board Meeting on Wednesday evening at 7 pm will be the first all digital live streaming event with no public attendance. Please note the 4 pm public work session was CANCELLED.

Live streaming the Town Board meeting was necessary due to the coranavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It is the responsible action to take to help reduce it’s negative health impact. All of us should be doing similar things in our own lives.

A few minutes before the 7 pm meeting begins, find the LINK to this live streaming Town Board meeting.

Method 1:

1. Open the link to the Mar 25, 2020 Town Board meeting on the Amherst Meeting Portal web site by clicking on the link below.
http://amherstny.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_Meeting.aspx?ID=3613

2.  Find the link at the top of the page called “VIDEO” and click on it.

Method 2:

1. Open the main Amherst Meeting Portal web page by clicking on the link below.
http://amherstny.iqm2.com/citizens/

2. Search for the entry to the Mar 25, 2020 Town Board meeting  on the right, and then find the link called “VIDEO” on the left of it, and click on it.

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A Lifestyle Medicine Approach to COVID-19

Some common sense advise from the Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute on individual behaviors that can help us all.

We at Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute share your concern about the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic. While social distancing, frequent handwashing, and not touching your face are important for slowing the spread of the disease, we can further reduce risk by employing the pillars of Lifestyle Medicine.

Recommendationshttps://www.rochesterlifestylemedicine.com/blog/

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Amherst Town Hall Closed to the public

NOTICE:

All Town of Amherst Board and Committee meetings (with the exception of the Town Board) will be cancelled for 30 days through April 14, 2020 or until further notice. In addition, Amherst Town Hall at 5583 Main Street is closed to the public and will be by appointment only.

Read more http://www.amherst.ny.us/

The Town Board Meeting will be held on March 25, but it will closed to the public.  Current practice is to stream the Town Board meeting live, or make it available later on video.

We at AmherstTimes are looking into new ways we can help our community in these unprecedented times.

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State of Emergency declared in the Town of Amherst for COVID-19 virus

A State of Emergency for the COVID-19 virus has been declared in the Town of Amherst by Supervisor Brian Kulpa. He has informed the Buffalo News and his statement is contained in the article link below.

Buffalo News Article: https://buffalonews.com/2020/03/15/amherst-to-declare-town-state-of-emergency-in-response-to-covid-19/

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Town of Amherst Cancellations, Postponements, and Contact Information

UPDATE:  1:34 PM 3/15/2020

New CANCELLATIONS and/or POSTPONEMENTS have been added by the Town of Amherst and are listed in the link below.

The Town of Amherst has added more event cancellations and postponements to its official website.

Link:  http://www.amherst.ny.us/content/cancellations.php

As of the time of this posting NOT cancelled are the

  1. Zoning Board of Appeals meeting on March 17,
  2. Planning Board meetings on March 19 and March 26 respectively,
  3. Town Board meeting on March 25.

This may change later, so you may want to check the official Town of Amherst website before attending any of these meetings.

Link:  http://www.amherst.ny.us/

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People at Risk from the coronavirus (covid-19)

The following information about People at Risk from the coronavirus (covid-19) was obtained from the CDC website .

COVID-19 Virus

Credit: https://www.cdc.gov

 

If you are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, you should:

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Audubon Park MOB, LLC CF Zoning Directive

March 6, 2020

If you get a chance take a look at the Resolution 2020-301: Audubon Park MOB, LLC CF Zoning Directive in the Agenda Packet link of the March 9 Town Board meeting. It has no information about who Audubon Park MOB LLC is or why the rezoning is being requested. Who owns the 15+ acres – the Town of Amherst does. The whole thing looks like a black cat in a dark room!

Audubon Park MOB LLC: https://opengovny.com/corporation/5648419

If the Town Board does not want to tell us what is going on here, we can only speculate as to what it means.

The SBL No. 55.04-1-6.1 in this resolution refers to the Audubon Golf Course at 500 Maple Road.

SBL No. 55.04-1-6.1:  http://www.amherst.ny.us/content/cpi_detail.php?fld_swissbl=1422890550400001006100

Further inspection of the graphic attached to the resolution showing where the 15+ acres is located looks almost exactly where the Town wants UBMD to put a new facility. The acronym MOB in the resolution title appears to stand for “Medical Office Building” so why hide the meaning?

Town Board Resolution 2019-990: http://amherstny.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?ID=20882&highlightTerms=understanding

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Town of Amherst and UBMD in the link BonesGutsLLCMOURevised refers to Bones & Guts LLC  which is located with a number of other LLC’s at 4225 Genesee Street including UBMD Boulevard LLC.  The only differences  appear to be the address of 450 Maple Rd, and the larger acreage in the MOU. But the MOU clearly states the Town of Amherst will perform a rezoning from RC to CF as a first step.

Finally what is this new Audubon Park MOB LLC located at 50 Fountain Plaza Suite 500 created Oct 31, 2019?  Is there another revision to the MOU we haven’t seen yet?

NB: There is a spelling mistake in the resolution of “herby” for “hereby”.

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Town Board Meeting (Monday March 9 – 7 pm)

March 6, 2020

Time again for another Town Board meeting on Monday, March 9 at 7 pm. Their will be a work session earlier in the day at 4 pm, where the Town Board prepares the “Consent Agenda” for those resolutions that they all agree on. The Town Board Rules of Order have all the information you will need to know on how the Town Board works.

Link:  http://www.amherst.ny.us/pdf/committees/additional/town%20board/191010_rulesoforder.pdf

If you would like to read the agenda’s for any of these meetings, you will need to first open the Town of Amherst meeting portal (i.e., website), and then select the appropriate meeting link. Please note using this portal takes a little practice, and there are quite of number of meetings listed.  Be warned, the Agenda Packet for Town Board meetings opens a rather large document, but it also contains the most information.

Link: http://amherstny.iqm2.com/citizens/

There are also two Planning Board meetings this month (March 19) where one is normally held. The second one is a Special Meeting (March 26) for the Boulevard Central District Zoning Updates – Amherst Implements its new Mixed-Use Districts in Sector 1. The Boulevard Central District aka Opportunity Zone is now the hottest single issue in Town government, and the effort they are putting into it definitely shows this.

Link: http://www.amherst.ny.us/content/projects.php?dept_id=dept_15&proj_id=proj_13&neworder=00

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Heads Up, Main Street Drivers!

Well, Main Street drivers, here we go again. The memories of the repaving of Main Street in the Village of Williamsville are still fresh in the minds of all Amherstonians. So, fasten you seat belts (and maybe start looking for another way to work right now) because as of March 3, (thats Super Tuesday), weather permitting, the NYSDOT is set to repave another segment of Main Street, this time from Bailey Avenue to the 290.

Eagle-eyed local residents who spotted the pink street markings (now snow covered) gave us the heads up and promised more info soon. But thought we’d pass this hot tip on to you right away and will have more details as we get them.

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