MEETING TIME: 3:30 pm. LOCATION: Town Room, Town Hall. LIST OF TOPICS: 1. Call to order and approve agenda; 2. Members share key themes from May 12 public hearing; 3. Review schedule for upcoming meeting; and 4. Adjourn. Future meeting topics: Review current charter (Town Government Act); Lessons from previous Amherst charter commissions; Consultant process; Community outreach; Types of comparison communities to look at.
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".