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Posted on: June 3, 2020

Joint Public Hearing: Temporary Zoning Bylaw Amendment


There will be a joint public hearing of the Planning Board and the Community Resources Committee of the Town Council on Wednesday, June 10th at 6:30 PM. The proposed zoning bylaw amendment, Article 14, is for the purpose of encouraging and facilitating th...

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Posted on: June 2, 2020

Town Accepting Requests for Outdoor Dining Services

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In accordance with the Governor’s COVID-19 Order No. 35 issued yesterday, the Town is accepting requests from restaurants to provide outdoor table service today.

“Our Inspection Services Department is ready to act on applications immedi...

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Posted on: June 2, 2020

132 Northampton Road 40B Comprehensive Permit Review

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Valley CDC has submitted their 40B Comprehensive Permit Application to the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). The ZBA will begin its review of the project on June 25, 2020. Comments can be submitted using an online form or can be sent to staff.

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Posted on: June 2, 2020

June is LGBTQ Pride Month

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Amherst Town Council has proclaimed June as LGBTQ Pride Month here in Amherst. In lieu of an in-person ceremony and flag raising, a short video featuring Councilor Evan Ross reading the proclamation with footage of the Pride flag being raised on the Amher...

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Posted on: June 1, 2020

Regional School Budget and One-Month Budget Presented to Town Council

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Town Manager Paul Bockelman delivered two sets of documents to the Town Council on May 29th.

The first set is a One-Month Budget that will cover July of 2020. This is to cover the extra time provided by the Town Council to the Town Manager for delivery of ...

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Posted on: May 31, 2020

Joint Statement from Town of Amherst Officials


We are haunted by the searing vision of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on a subdued man’s neck, as other officers watched the man die. We witnessed Mr. George Floyd’s pleas for help be ignored by the very people who are trained ...

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Posted on: May 28, 2020

Cuppa' Joe w/ Paul (Virtual) with New Finance Dir. Sean Mangano & Comptroller Sonia Aldrich

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Please join Town Manager Paul Bockelman and Amherst’s new Finance Director Sean Mangano and Comptroller Sonia Aldrich for a virtual Cuppa’ Joe on Friday, June 5th from 8:00 am to 9:00 am via phone and Zoom.

How to join: 

  • Via Zoo...
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Posted on: May 27, 2020

Memorial Day Commemorative Video

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Amherst Veteran’s Agent Steve Connor and Amherst Media collaborated on a video commemorating Memorial Day this year, as we were unable to come together as a community for a ceremony like is typically done. The video can be viewed below or by vis...

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Posted on: May 22, 2020

Town Manager Seeks Members to Serve on Town Boards & Committees

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The Town Manager continues to seek volunteers to serve on Town Boards. Boards and Committees that have or may have vacancies include the Agricultural Commission, Affordable Housing Trust, CDBG Advisory Committee, Council on Aging, Disability Access Adviso...

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Posted on: May 21, 2020

Reminder: Puffers Pond Beaches Remain Closed to Swimming/Congregating

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The Town of Amherst will continue to limit the use of Puffers Pond beaches for swimming and congregating until further notice. The area can still be used for fishing, walking, and hiking purposes while following current public health protocols for COVID-1...

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Posted on: May 29, 2020

CDBG Advisory Committee Public Hearing - CARES Act Funding

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The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has published a Notice of Funding Availability for Federal CARES Act Funding for immediate needs to respond to COVID-19. The Town of Amherst is eligible to apply for a maximum of $40...

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Posted on: May 19, 2020

Reopening of Massachusetts: Phased Approach

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On Monday, May 18th the Baker-Polito Administration announced a comprehensive plan for a phased reopening of the Massachusetts economy. The Baker-Polito administration used a framework that considered both the public health risk and the economic ...

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Posted on: May 15, 2020

Hydrant Water Main Flushing


                                          SCHEDULED WATER MAIN FLU...

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Posted on: May 4, 2020

Amherst Masks4All Initiative


We need your help!  Join the Town-Wide Initiative:  Masks4All!

Are you making masks?  Do you need a mask?  Join the Town-wide Initiative Masks4All, a community initiative!

Find out more information and sign-up online at w...

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Posted on: May 20, 2020

Transfer Station and COVID-19

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Transfer Station and COVID-19

The Town continues to keep the Transfer Station open to the public. The following changes will begin on Thursday May 21st. 

The Transfer Station will only accept checks and exact cash for all services

The fol...

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Posted on: May 18, 2020

Construction Season: Stormwater Reminder

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Developers & Contractors!

As the construction season gets going, the Town wants to remind you to, “Put Dirt In Its Place”. Sediment and pollutants that run off construction sites end up in our stormwater system and pollute our wetla...

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Posted on: May 1, 2020

Testing of Those Experiencing Homelessness & Shelter Staff/Volunteers Reveals NO COVID-19 Spread


The Town of Amherst, working in collaboration with Dr. Jessica Bossie of Health Services for the Homeless, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, and Craig’s Doors has tested guests, staff, and volunteers at Craig’s Place, the seasonal shelter loc...

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Posted on: May 11, 2020

ADA Self-Evaluation & Transition Plan

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In keeping with its ongoing efforts to serve all members of the public, The Town of Amherst is updating its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Self-Evaluation & Transition Plan. The project is grant-funded through the Community Development Block Gr...

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Posted on: April 7, 2020

Town Manager Extends Payment Due Dates, Waives Interest & Penalty Charges


Town Manager Paul Bockelman announced the extension of due dates for real estate and personal property tax bills, motor vehicle excise bills, water, and sewer utility bills, and exemption and deferral applications. Bockelman took that action under newly g...

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Posted on: April 9, 2020

Amherst Public Works: Working for YOU

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Amherst Public Works continues to operate throughout COVID-19 to provide essential services to the Town.  DPW personnel are working daily to provide drinking water, treat wastewater, and keep public areas & roadways safe. Stay tuned for perio...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

2020 Street Sweeping Schedule

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The Town of Amherst Department of Public Works has begun sweeping the Main routes and hills that receive the most sand during the winter months.  After completing these areas the DPW will begin sweeping the various sections of town, if all goes w...

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