MEETING TIME: 7:00 pm. LOCATION: Bangs Center, Large Activity Room. LIST OF TOPICS: Call to order and approve agenda; Approve minutes (5 minutes); Member updates (10 minutes); Community outreach (1 hour); May 12 public hearing: website and social media, and other forms of outreach; Town Meeting presentation (10 minutes); Communicating with press/public (10 minutes); Future meeting dates (5 min); Topics not reasonably anticipated by the Chair 48 hours prior to the meeting; Public comment (15 min); Key Takeaways and Agenda for next time (5 min); Adjourn Future meeting topics: lessons from previous Amherst charter commissions; consultant process; community outreach; types of comparison communities Attachments: Minutes of April 25, 2016 meeting; draft feedback form for public hearing/website; and draft slide intro for public hearing.
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".