by Nick Grabbe


In the first decade of the 21st century, the Town of Amherst went through a long debate and decision process regarding a proposed change in the structure of the town government. Mr Nick Grabbe will give us historical perspective, beginning with the town’s 1938 decision to do away with the open Town Meeting. Then in 2002 the Charter Commission delivered its 14-page report, but that was only one more step in the process.

Mr Nick Grabbe, a former newspaperman, worked on the campaign to change the structure of the government, which culminated in the vote on March 27, 2018. We invited him to tell about the campaign.