LOCATION: Police Station, Community Room. LIST OF TOPICS: Call to order, approve agenda. Approve Minutes. Member Reports from discussion with other charter commissions. Initial discussion of strategies for public outreach. Planning for the May 12 public forum. website goals, development and maintenance. Procedural issues: who contacts whom. Topics not reasonably anticipated by the Chair 48 hours prior to meeting. Public Comment. Next agenda. Key takeaways.
The Charter Commission, elected in 2016, is meeting to prepare a written document which establishes and defines the structure of the government for Amherst. This document, called a Charter, may create local offices, distribute powers, duties and responsibilities among local offices, and may establish and define certain procedures to be followed. Our work must be completed within 18 months of our election, and when completed, the final recommended Charter is submitted to the voters. If approved by the voters, the Charter would serve as Amherst's "constitution".